While I'm a fan of British-style boats -- I own two -- I don't think that they are the only kayaks that you should try before you buy. I think that you should try as many different styles of boats as possible before making a buying choice. Chance are that if you've been paddling for awhile, you already know what you like, but if you haven't, you need to try a bunch of different styles. In that theme, here are my top 10 sea kayak picks to try.
Sea kayaks are expensive. To be honest, reading alone won't tell you what you need to know before you drop $3,000 or more on a top-of-the-line kayak. You have to paddle them to know how they feel to you. What's more, how you feel in a particular kayak may be nothing like what someone else feels in that same boat. That means, no one can really tell you what the right kayak is for you. From there you can infer that what I'm about to tell you.. is worthless..
I've been paddling or test paddled kayaks designed with or by Aled Williams for some time from the Romany to Rockpool to Tiderace. They all share a heritage that is obvious from the moment you paddle them. There are kayaks out there from many different designers and brands that are impressive and may do this thing or that thing better than Aled's boats, but I've never found one that is truly a better all around kayak.