Originally Posted by turtle83
liquid logic remix 59
wavesport diesel 60 or 70
dagger nomad 8.1 (true creeker)
dagger mamba 7.6
You seem to fall right at the top or bottom of the weight range. Most people like to be closer to the bottom of the weight range than near the top, but I'm not sure for a beginner. Your gear will add some weight, and its nice to have the extra volume for steep creeks and multi-day trips. The nomad is one of the best designs ever but I would normally say a beginner should learn in a planning hull boat with some edges to help learn edge control and ferrying, but since you ww canoe you probably understand that? I'm not an expert by any means so hopefully someone else will chime in.
Hmm. I'd want more information about what you're expecting to run, your "aggressiveness", strength/fitness, and willingness to trade boats as your skills increase before making a specific recommendation. Are you more interested in running hard whitewater, having a good time playing and river running, doing rodeo moves, or learning as fast as possible? Do you know how to roll, or have the opportunity to learn quickly? What's your tolerance for fear and being upside down in rapids?
I generally think you're a _lot_ better off starting with a general river running boat that fits you. With an emphasis on "fits you". Boats have surprisingly different fits related to the size/length of your thigh, torso, hips, etc.
You're small, and unless you're incredibly strong, the Diesel 70, for example, is going to be a pig, as will most other creek boats (I had a Diesel 65, and I'm 5' 10", 150 lbs and very experienced). The Diesel 60 could be a good choice IF IT FITS YOU. I'm use a Burn S, and I think it's perfect for my 150 lbs. The med Burn was way too much for me, and I suspect most 120 lb paddlers work hard to move the Burn around. My wife is your height and a bit lighter, and she needs a _really small_ boat, even though she's strong. If you have a short torso, you're may also have issues with the height of the deck relative to the seat (e.g., look for a low deck, maybe use a thicker pad on the seat). The Remix 59 could work. Both the Diesel and Remix are good all-round designs, but not real creek boats.
It could be very helpful to sit in some boats and see how they feel, and to have a trusted kayaking friend advise you on a good boat for learning (be careful here - probably NOT the most gung-ho kayaker!). I suspect you'll be better off in a good river-runner to learn in, and then get a creeker later, when you have enough experience to know better what's available and what your style is. If you're into kayaking, you'll eventually end up with several boats anyway.
Creek boats are heavy, don't surf or play well, and they're just not that much fun for general river running. I wouldn't recommend a full-on creeker for a beginner, even with ww experience, unless they were really aggressive and not afraid of getting destroyed. If you want to run the Boreas and Moose, get the creeker. But if you want to surf, play, and run cl. 3 and 4, get a river runner. It'll be easier to paddle and a lot more fun.
Sorry for the long response - lots of things worth considering.