Tips For Buying A Kayak

Buying a kayak for the first time can be a daunting task, especially if you are new to kayaking. Often the terms people use to explain the different types of kayaks, such as ‘recreational’ or ‘touring’ and their features can be confusing. Animated Kayak PaddlerYou’ll also be faced with the choice of a ‘sit-in’ or ‘sit-on-top’ style. And, of course, there are hard shells and inflatable kayaks.

Other factors such as shape, storage capacity and tracking (how well a kayak cuts through the water, which also affects the speed) are important to understand when you shop. General kayaking terms such as port, starboard, stern, bow and beam are also something you should know.

The following video, Kayaking 101, produced by a Canadian company,, gives you a nice, easy to understand explanation of the things you need to know. You’ll still have to make some decisions based on the type of paddling you intend to do, but, at least, you’ll have enough knowledge to tell if your purchasing the right kayak for your needs.

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