One thing my family and I try to do a lot of in the spring & summer is sea kayaking. I love to explore the islands and inlets you can't normally access by foot. We got my older daughter a brand new single kayak for her 14th birthday last year with all the bell and whistles.
When she was in 5th grade she purchased a top-of-the-line 2 person inflatable from West Marine in Marblehead. So she got a real "upgrade" last year. We have been using the 2 person inflatable with 2 adults and one child.... however, to be able to explore to the fullest and really make day trips possible - we need to upgrade as well.
We are looking into a 2 person (with additional child seat and storage) Hobie that you sit on top. We figured it would be the safest for the sea and with a 4 year old on board. I can't wait for the good weather - we turned the clocks ahead this morning - the sun shines longer each day... our moods brighten and we feel better.... bring it on!