How to Choose a Kayak for Your Needs

Kayaking is a great way to get in nature and explore. This activity is also perfect for those looking to get an upper body workout. I love to go kayaking, being surrounded by water, hills and song birds. It truly makes you in awe to experience nature on the water. What I didn’t know was that kayaks come in different sizes and shapes for a reason. Before you choose a kayak, read on to learn more about these awesome watercrafts.

What are Kayaks?

Kayaks are watercrafts that come in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes. They allow you to easily access a body of water and enjoy your surroundings. Whether you want to kayak around a marsh and photograph the nature around you or want to catch fish, a kayak is a great vessel. Before you choose a kayak, answer a few simple questions:

  • Where will you use the kayak? (river, lake, marsh, etc)
  • Do you want a sit in or sit-on-top kayak?
  • Do you want a single or double kayak?
  • Will someone else use the kayak?
  • What is your budget?

Choosing a Kayak

Inflatable kayaks can range from under a hundred dollars and up. These kayaks are great for people that don’t have storage for a really large and long kayak. Inflatable options are also great for those with a limited budget and that will only use the kayak in calm waters.

If you are looking for something more long term that you can use on rivers and coast lines, you need a plastic or composite kayak. These are more sturdy and will last you a long time. Polyethylene plastic kayaks are less expensive than composites kayaks but are a great and budget friendly option.

The length of the kayak will impact how you move. The longer the kayak the smoother it will go straight but it will take more energy to make those sharp turns. Longer kayaks also offer more room and are great for those fishing or have a lot of gear. Shorter kayaks are easier to turn but also offer less space.

If you want to adventure with your partner or kids, choose a double kayaks. A double kayak can also save you money and garage space, instead of buying two singles.

When you choose a kayak, make sure to get your life vest as well. Life jackets should be worn at all times or be on the vessel at all times. You can get a ticket if you don’t have one on board.

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