A Comprehensive Guide to finding and buying a kayak

Guide To Different Types Of Kayaks

Fishing Kayaks

Fishing Kayaks

Fishing kayaks are perhaps the most popular types of kayaks in the market. They are specifically designed for fishermen. Included are various rod holders, adjustable and fixed. These help fishermen draw in more than one fishing line at a time. This way, they can get more bites on their lines.

Also, there is a small storage hatch right in front of you where you can store your live bait. At least two huge storage wells are a necessity as they allow you to carry buckets or coolers where you can freeze your fish.

The best kayaks for fishing also come with mountable points where you can install various accessories including GPS, fish finders. A comfortable seat with an adjustable back is also a must as it ensures that you can sit for hours on end without any back pain.

A few fishing kayaks allow you to fold down the seat, making more room for you to stand up. Some even include a stand-up strap and a non-slip deck so you can easily stand up. However, for standing, you might need a wider kayak.

Mostly, fishing kayaks are quite short which makes it easier to maneuver them.

Tandem Kayaks

Tandem Kayaks

If you love going out on an adventure with your family or friends, then there is nothing better than the tandem kayak. A 2-person kayak is a great way to bond with a loved one over your shared enthusiasm for paddling. Most of these tandems are quite long, about 12 inches at least.

Their length ensures that you both get plenty of space to brace your feet and just relax. Of course, they are heavier as well, however, this allows them to easily bear the weight of 2 people. Some kayaks even come in a 3-person design where you can add in another seat in the middle for a child or a dog.

These family kayaks have a lot of storage options ranging from about 2-3 waterproof storage hatches to about 2 storage wells. But, what about those days when you want to go solo? Should you buy a new one? Well, you can easily remove the second seat and put the first one in the center position. This allows you to paddle solo.

Most tandem kayaks are nimble enough that a single person can easily paddle them while also being durable and sturdy so 2-3 persons can easily be accommodated. You can almost always find tandem kayaks for sale in all seasons

Touring Kayaks

Touring Kayaks

Touring kayaks are perfect for long trips where you need to cross large bodies of water. You can choose between the day touring kayaks or the nightly ones.

These kayaks are generally quite comfortable and easy to use. Because of their comfort and ease, you can easily use them regardless of your experience level. On the other hand, those with more experience might enjoy them much more. They are quite stable over the roughest of waters so you won’t have to worry about them tipping over.

Most touring kayaks are quite long, about 12 inches in length. However, their cockpits are much smaller. They also happen to be narrower than regular kayaks. This grants them greater tracking power. However, they are not as great at turning. Also included in the kayaks are thigh braces which you can use in case the kayak flips over.

Since they are longer, they are more expensive as well. You’ll find that the best touring kayaks cost around $800-$1200. Most touring kayak reviews note that the higher price does ensure better quality. Moreover, these kayaks are faster and more stable.

On the other hand, the longer size of the kayaks makes them harder to store. Some kayaks are even equipped with a rudder or a skeg which aids in turning.

Inflatable Kayaks

Inflatable Kayaks

Inflatable kayaks are those kayaks that are either made out of fabric or plastic. They can usually be inflated to their full size using a hand pump. Most professionals stray far away from these as they consider them quite mediocre. However, they tend to be best kayaks for beginners due to their ease of use and their light weight.

They happen to be quite affordable. Most folks are worried about the assembly as it can often take time to inflate and deflate them. Whereas, with a regular kayak you can simply go kayaking straight away. Not to mention, that you can accidentally pop it or puncture it. Even if you do not puncture these kayaks, they tend to slowly deflate over time.

What folks love about these inflatable kayaks is that they are easy to store and transport. You can simply deflate the kayak after each use and store it in a bag. Furthermore, the inflatable kayak happened to be lighter, making it easier to maneuver.

Usually, they are suitable for recreational paddling on flat waters such as slow moving rivers and lakes. They are also quite stable and comfortable. On the other hand, they tend to track terribly. Some inflatable whitewater kayaks are specifically designed to tackle the rough waves and rapids.

Sit on Kayaks

Sit on Kayaks

If you’re looking for stable and fun boats, then the sit-on-top kayaks are the best. They do not have a cockpit. Instead, the seats and other devices are on the deck. They tend to be perfect for flat waters and can be used in seas, rivers, lakes and canals.

These versatile boats are quite stable on open waters. Their open design makes it easier to enter and exit the boat. Unlike the traditional design, where you have to carefully get in without tipping the boat, you simply step on or step off these boats. In fact, you can even anchor the boat and move in and out of the water.

They tend to be broader and wider, granting them better primary stability. Moreover, they are best for fishing as you can easily throw in some lines. Of course, they do come with various disadvantages. Due to their open design, water can easily splash all over you. However, their scupper holes ensure that the water never fills inside the boat.

During the winter season, the cold splashes can be a huge deterrent. While they may be great at tracking, turning these boats is quite hard. Add that to the fact that you can’t use your entire body to control these boats and you’ve got a kayak that is hard to handle.

Whitewater Kayaks

Whitewater Kayaks

Whitewater kayaks are the most suitable for paddling in running water such as fast flowing rivers. There are various types of whitewater kayaks available in the market including play boats, creek boats, old school boats, and river runners.

Play boats are, as their name suggests, used for playing in the water. They are not really meant to brave the treacherous waters. They are quite small at about 6 feet and they tend to be quite uncomfortable. You can use them to get to a spot on the river and then play with the water there. Also, you’ll find that they do not make for very good kayaks when you’re traveling down the river.

Most play boaters use the kayak as a form of resistance exercise. You’ll find many trainers and bodybuilders using the boat like they would use a tire. So, if you’re looking for a more fun and adventurous way to exercise, Play boats are the best.

River runners are kayaks that you can use to travel down the most treacherous rivers. These boats are mostly sit-inside type and are about 7 to 8 feet in length. You can use the weight of your entire body to control the boat. They are very comfortable and include plenty of space where you can store your whitewater kayak gear. With river runners, we highly recommend that you use a kayak whitewater helmet as things can get pretty dangerous.

There are also inflatable whitewater kayaks that are combine the design of a whitewater kayak with an inflatable construction. Moreover, whitewater kayak paddles tend to be shorter so you can get the best control.

Recreational Kayaks

Recreational Kayaks

Recreational kayaks are quite large and come with a closed cockpit. They are most used for recreational purposes. Despite their closed cockpit design, they are still easy to enter and exit due to their large opening. These kayaks are quite spacious and can easily fit up to 2 people.

They are shorter than your traditional touring kayak, measuring about 10 feet. What’s unique about these kayaks is that you can use them during all seasons. You can open the cockpit and enjoy the cool summer breeze and the cold splashes of water. During the winters, you can close the cockpit and enjoy warmth while you paddle through the toughest of waves.

They are also much more affordable than your traditional touring kayak as they are shorter in size. Due to the short size, they are quite easy to store and transport as well. On the other hand, like every kayak, they have their cons as well.

Recreational kayaks do not tend to track well and are much slower. Instead of going straight, you’ll find that the kayak almost always turns left or right. All in all, apart from a few cons, recreational kayaks are perfect for those looking for an adventure during each time of the year.

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