After doing a short trip a couple of months ago I've got the urge to buy a sea kayak. I have no experience or real understanding of all the different types and what's needed for what. For instance, there appears to be kayaks, sea kayak, sit in kayaks, sit on kayaks, recreational kayaks, fishing kayaks..... I want to go out from shore, perhaps no more than a km or so from the shoreline, in calm to slightly choppy seas, all year and perhaps no more than a couple of hours at a time. I won't be doing inter continental trips, interstate trips, won't be battling cyclones etc...The seas here are generally calm, with some days of moderate swell but aside from when a storm is brewing not a lot else. Prices seem to range fro $500 to $3000 and I'm buggered if I can tell exactly what would fit. I don't want to spend $500 to find that $1000 would have been a better bet. Any advice (aside from seeing a specialist retailer, but if I do that I tend to buy!!).