I refer you to this post I just wrote: http://www.flyfishingforum.com/flyta...613#post147613
Also, I have bought myself a Heritage Dolphin when long paddle is not requiered and high maneuverability is a must for bonefishing. I can stand on it. I would not hesitate to buy one for a 12-13 yo child. There are other good boats too. But I have never paddled them.