I thought some of you might be kind enough to advise me.
I grew up with canoes doing recreational paddling, but have always wanted a kayak for all of the excellent reasons that are mentioned in other posts. However, now I am married, planning to have children and have a dog. I still want a kayak, because I'll probably be going by myself (plus dog) mostly; however I'd really like something able to carry 2 or more people for holidays etc... I doubt I'd be on open water much, so wind wouldn't be a huge issue (probably creeks and reservoirs mostly). I also dislike the open kayaks which a shop recommended to me because I get very cold very quickly (wet + breeze).
Buying two isn't really an option because of finance.