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Spirit 120 Kayak by Future Beach - A Great Choice for a Beginner Kayak

Updated on August 08, 2014

Just over a year ago, my oldest son and I drove from Maryland to Florida to visit my youngest son and family. Typically, our visits consist of catching up with each other. watching movies, playing video games, and eating good food.  We spend most of our energy during visits just being with each other.  It is always such a special thing when we are together and the visits always seem too brief.

During this last visit, my sons took me on an adventure of a lifetime.

We went kayaking on a river in Florida.  We spent the day paddling and watching the flora and fauna as we drifted past.  This included a plethora of turtles and small alligators sunning on logs.  Initially, I was petrified. I held my breath and grabbed the sides every time the kayak rocked.  However, it didn't take long to loosen up a little bit and enjoy the trip.

When we started the kayaking adventure, they put me in a tandem kayak, so I wasn't alone.  On the way back, I was brave enough to try the little solo kayak.  I was amazed at how effective of a mode of transportation that little piece of plastic was.

As we exited the kayaks and left them at the rental hut I knew that someday I would own my own kayak.  I had just expected some day to be a long time down the road.

How I came to own a kayak now

I had a bit of online writing cash that was earmarked for the purchase of electronics. But on a lazy Sunday, I was clipping coupons and checking the Sunday paper for good sales.  I noted that a local sporting goods store was having an amazing sale on kayaks.  I placed the ad to the side.

That sale nagged at me for a week.  On the last day of the sale I drove over and purchased my own kayak.  I didn't have much of a clue about what to look for.  My only criteria was that I'd buy a sit-on-top as opposed to a sit-in.  In the event I flip off of the kayak, I imagine that a sit-on will continue to float.  There probably isn't much difference between the two styles and it is probably just a matter of personal preference.

I chose a 10' sit-on-top Future Beach kayak.  And I have to say, I couldn't be happier with it.

Why I love my Future Beach Sit-On-Top

  • I have the confidence that if I flip over, no matter what, a sit-on kayak will float.
  • The handles (on each side and on the front and back) help me handle my kayak easily
  • Waterproof cubbyhole in back - keeps my phone protected. 
  • Bungee cords on front - secures my fishing supplies, fishing pole, and etc.
  • The cup holder between my legs prevents my frozen bottle of water from rolling around
  • Graduated foot holds allow me to place my feet where they are most comfortable depending on what i'm doing
  • The special shape of the hull makes me feel more secure than V-shaped hulls do.  The very bottom of this kayak is shaped more like a "W" than a "V".  
  • I am able to paddle and turn my kayak easily. I feel as though it is responsive.
  • It was inexpensive.

Helpful links:

Here you can see how I haul my kayak on my softtop Jeep.

The Future Beach Spirit 120 official website

A great area for kayaking: Hammerman Beach, Maryland

A Man Shows Their New Future Beach 120 Kayak and Compares to His Kayak.

Here is a video that shows the top of the kayak.  Unfortunately, he does not show the bottom of the kayak.  He states his wife is uncomfortable with no real seat.  I am very comfortable in the seat. Perhaps I have more padding in my sitting region than she does.  I also clearly have a smaller phone than she does. Regardless, I do wish the dry storage was a smidge deeper. I use a paddle leash and will not install paddle holders.  I will install a fishing pole holder soon. 

A man shows his wife's new Future Beach 120.

The Spirit 120 by Future Beach is a Great Kayak for Beginners.

If you are looking for an inexpensive kayak that is great for beginners, I highly recommend the Future Beach brand.  I also recommend the Spirit 120 sit-on. It is a great size, easy to handle both in the water and out, and is very affordable.  If you have dreamed of kayaking but have let anxiety hold you back, I say you should give it a try. It is a wonderful activity for individuals or groups. I am thrilled that I purchased my kayak.  I think you will enjoy yours too.

I'd love to hear from you about kayaks or your thoughts in general. Stop by and say hi.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 2 years ago from United States

      How totally fabulous! Sounds like you two really had a wonderful day and I am so glad you used that savings for your very own kayak. The electronics can wait! There is nothing like a day in the sun for playtime.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Enjoyed your page! so much fun too - Where mom lives people Kayak on the river - the closet I've come is canoeing

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      Shinichi Mine 2 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Oh, I think I have to learn to get over my fear of the water first. Then I think I'll try this kayak. ;) Great review my friend.

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      Renaissance Woman 2 years ago from Colorado

      I can see why you really like this kayak. Sit on top kayaks are incredibly popular. When I was living along the Gulf, in Texas, many fishermen used this style of kayak. The main reason I chose to purchase a sit in style of kayak was for ergonomic reasons (being down closer to the water for paddling) and the security of having my camera tripod inside the boat. Kayaking is such a great recreational activity. I love it!

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      Dawn 2 years ago from Maryland, USA

      @Diana Wenzel: Ah, that makes sense about the sit-in and the camera. I have not yet taken any real photos from my kayak. I can't figure out how to do it safely. I can see how a sit in would help with that.

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      Ruthi 2 years ago

      Good for you that your someday came sooner rather than later! It is obvious that you enjoy the gifts of the great outdoors and what better way than a kayaking day. I've canoed and sailed but have not yet taken a kayak out. One day!

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      My husband wants a kayak but keeps putting off buying one, partly because I'm not much of a water person. This does sound like a good product and that you chose it with specific features in mind that women would look at. That makes me feel a little braver. Thanks for the great review!

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      Dawn 2 years ago from Maryland, USA

      @SusanDeppner: Oh Susan, I hope you try. I was terrified when my kids took me in Florida. But it was fantastic. If you go on fresh water lakes, or the really slow rivers like I go on. it's not so scary. Get a good lifejacket and wear it.... I was still scared my first time here, but it is great. I hope you try.

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      This review is really timely for me! I just started putting together some research on kayaks for my in-laws, who have a cabin literally just 10 feet from a wonderful, calm, fresh water lake and are considering buying a kayak for it. I, too, came to the conclusion that a sit-on-top kayak would be the best choice for their needs. I'll definitely check into the Spirit 120 based on your review!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I live in Olympia, Washington, on the Puget Sound, and I've been kayaking now for about thirty years. There is nothing as serene than being on the water.....well, I'm sure there are other things, but you know what I'm talking about. :)

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      Dawn 2 years ago from Maryland, USA

      Wonderful! I can't wait until I'm more experienced and take my Kayak farther out on Chesapeake Bay. It is serene. I know exactly what you are talking about.

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      Jay 23 months ago

      I just bought my son this kayak because of this review. Thanks for all the details and hopefully we (Son and I) will enjoy as much as you have.

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      Dawn 23 months ago from Maryland, USA

      OH, enjoy! I love it and can't wait to get it back into the water. I hope you love it too. I hope you stop back and let me know how you like it.

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