Originally Posted by FatmanZ
Whichever kayak fits your budget, fits you, and gets you on the water the soonest is the one I'd choose. Beyond that it all comes down to preferences, many of which you won't know yourself until you've been paddling a while. So grab a boat and some gear, learn the roll, start paddling with your kids and the rest you'll figure out as you progress.
It's summer and the rivers are dropping. Get a boat and get out there.
Don't ever buy a new boat for your first boat, your preferences will absolutely develop and change as your skills progress.
I started in a Perception Pirouette. That dates my paddling experience, doesn't it??! Paid $300 for it in 1998 and sold it for $300 in 2005 or so to a sea kayaker who wanted to run rivers but didn't want a "whitewater" kayak as they were getting small by that time. I then had a Dagger Redline, a WaveSport X, a WaveSport BigEZ, a LiquidLogic Big Hoss, a Bliss-Stick Mac-1, a Dagger Agent 6.2...now the SuperFun. Never spent more than $300 used for any of them, so I didn't mind moving through boats.