A guest post by Kerry Blake, freelance writer.
Spending a warm afternoon out kayaking is a fun activity for the entire family. If you want to have an unlimited bonding time with your family, you may consider buying a kayak of your own. However, before actually buying a kayak, you need to think about some important points. Kayaks come in all shapes and sizes. They are designed to correspond to particular water conditions, paddling goals, and individual preferences.
Types According to Activity
When choosing a kayak, you have to decide what type of kayaking activity you are most interested in.
- Recreational Kayak – If you intend to your kayak on ponds, lakes, bays and rivers, you would probably need a kayak suited for recreational or flat water kayaking.
- Whitewater Kayak – If you get more thrill and excitement navigating through running rivers with challenging rapids and waves, you may want to consider a whitewater kayak.
- Touring Kayaks – Touring kayaks or sea kayaks are ideal if you are looking to trudge long distance on the open sea. Sea kayaks are often long and narrow but are surprisingly fast and efficient. This type of kayak is equipped with plenty of storage space, especially when going out for longer, overnight trips.
Types According to Body Types
Another way of choosing the right kayak for you is to consider the main body parts cognizant with the kind of paddling you are capable to do.
- Inflatables – This is an ideal option if you want to have a lightweight, and easy to store kayak. Although there high-quality inflatable kayaks available, some low price range inflatables may not be as durable as you want. Some inflatable boat models come with self-bailing drain valve. These inflatable boats are ideal to be used for such activities as recreational kayaking.
- Rigid or Hard Hull – Although there is no single kayak that will fit all kayaking styles, the most common option are kayaks made of rigid materials such as wood, plastic, fiberglass, and carbon fiber. It is a more popular choice when used for a variety of one-day activities because it offers ease of access and commendable stability.
When buying a kayak, you need to compare various models for each category. You may want to consider their relative weight, size, capacity, and materials used. Consider also the retail price of the kayak you want, and see to it that it is something that could give you the best value.
It is also important to have the basic knowledge on how each design or kayak types are best utilized. Some subtle differences in the configuration of your inflatable boat or hard hull kayak may affect the efficiency of your paddling. You must also know what you want to do with your kayak and what type of kayaking you are capable of, otherwise you will be spending a great deal of money with something that you cannot use.
If you are just starting out, you may want to consider getting user-friendly models that are both stable and easy to maneuver. There are other types of kayaks that offer great stability and comfort, allowing you and your family to relish on the experience out on the water.