Kayaking is a great afternoon activity, for both you and the family. But, if you're sick of renting every time you want to head out on the water, it's time to buy your own. Before you do, however, be sure to consider four important points, from accessories to boat style.
1. What Type of Kayaking Do You Want to Do?
There are three main body types that will dictate the type of paddling you'll be able to do. These are:
Rigid kayaks include plastic, fiberglass, carbon fiber and wood designs. Wood is the least common and carbon fiber is the most expensive. Most kayakers tend to stick with either the plastic or fiberglass designs.
Though there is no one single kayak for every style of kayaking, the plastic, open cockpit style tends to be the most common. It can be used for a variety of one-day excursions, is stable, and offers ease of access.
Kayaks designed for long-distance travel are generally longer and thinner in design, whereas those made for whitewater activity are shorter and wider.
It's also important to consider whether you plan to kayak one or two hours at a time, or are interested in longer, multi-day excursions. Long kayaking trips will require extra cargo space. Finally, don't forget about passenger capacity. Tandem kayaks designed for two are fast and stable, yet lack the maneuverability of a single-person kayak.
Depending on your ability to store and travel with a kayak, portability is another important consideration. If storing is a major concern, then a high-quality inflatable kayak may be the best choice.
However, if you have the room and ability to easily transport a kayak and gear, than the possibilities are endless.