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Choosing the Right Type of Kayak for You

April 04, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 144

When shopping for a kayak there are several things you need to consider. First, what do you plan to use it for? There are many choices available and your plans for boating will determine which kayaks are best. Kayaks can vary in style, type, and design. There are kayaks that are made for different types of water conditions. You will need to decide what you plan to use the kayak for. Some people plan to only paddle in calm waters with another person. Others will want to use their kayak solo and navigate river rapids. Still others may want to fish from their boat on a lake or marsh.

For those new to kayaking, there are boats available for single, two or three people. You will also need to decide on the general type of kayak. There are single piece boats made from plastic or fiberglass, but there are also foldable and inflatable types. Most kayaks are single piece types that are made from plastic. The one drawback to this type of boat is that they tend to be heavy and can be difficult to transport, as well as get in and out of the water. The kayak made from fiberglass is much lighter and therefore easier to transport. They are also more expensive and may not be the best choice for a first time buyer.

The folding kayaks take up the least amount of space when transporting and are very popular with the weekend water recreation crowd. These folding kayaks are often made of aluminum and will last a long time. Add to this that they take up less space when storing them at home between kayak trips, and they are perfect for those that enjoy kayaking in their spare time. They are more expensive than other boats and are not recommended for the beginner. If you want to spend a lot of time kayaking and live in the city or the suburbs, this may be a good choice.

The inflatable type is good for family or individual use for occasional weekend trips. Ideal for calm waters such as a lake. They are easier to store than the folding type and are also some of the least costly of the kayaks. For someone who has not used a kayak much or only plans a few trips a year, the inflatable kayak can be the best choice.

It is important that a beginner not invest too much money in a kayak until they get an idea of how much they plan to use it. A new kayak for recreational use can cost from $300 up to a $1000. It is best to start on the lower side of the range. You can always sell you kayak and get a better one in the future.

A first time kayak buyer should look at new boats and stay away from a used one until you get a feel for what you do and don't like in a kayak when you are actually out on the water. With more experience you will also be able to judge quality in used kayaks better.

Keith Lee is a sports enthusiast who loves kayaking. You can check his latest website at Wilderness-kayaks.com where he provides unbiased reviews and buying advice for a number of top kayak brands, in all kayak categories.

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