I purchased a Native Slayer Propel (pedal power) last year, and I want to get my wife a kayak so she can come along sometimes. I really know very little about kayaks and have not spent much time kayaking outside of fishing. I've started the research and talked to a couple shops, but I'm hoping some people on here might have some advice. I want something that will handle lakes and the Sound. Likely most stuff in the Sound will be fair weather and protected waters rather than the main body of the sound. Although I'd like the option to expand some as she (we) get more comfortable out there. I could see an occasional overnighter, but we have no current plans on doing multiday touring. I know we'll need to test fit for comfort, but aside from that what should I be looking for? She's petite and only around 115 lbs. Right now I'm thinking something in the 12-14' range. Recreational/day touring category type boats. Should I get something with a rudder? Does anyone have experience with the Elie kayaks? REI sells them and has 15% off through the weekend. I was looking at the Sound 120XE, Strait 120W, and Strait 140XE (has a rudder). Those are $595, $680, and $850 respectively. Any info helps!