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Selecting a Kayak

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There are three basic categories of kayaks: White Water, Touring/Sea, and Recreational. Within each category there are sub-categories. For example, Touring kayaks can be broken down into Expedition Touring/Sea kayaks and Day Touring Kayaks. Further, there are two distinct types of kayaks – traditional sit-inside or “decked” kayaks, and sit-on-top kayaks. Determining which kayak is right for you begins with determining which of these categories best describes how you want to paddle. Close your eyes and picture yourself paddling for a minute. Where are you? Think about where you would like to paddle the most and compare that to the opportunities that you have in your vicinity.

Your best bet is to contact us to arrange to try out some different types of kayaks (check out our demo schedule here), or at the very least, sit in the kayak and ensure that the fit is optimal. This way you can tell which type of boat is more comfortable for you and get a better idea of the differences between the models that we carry. If you have questions, please contact us. We are all paddlers and LOVE to talk paddling!!!


Whitewater

- Negotiating your way through obstacles down a rock-filled creek. Whitewater kayaks are typically short (8 feet or less), fairly narrow, and designed to turn very quickly.

 

Day touring

– Leisurely trips of moderate length, including occasional overnight family trips in moderately difficult conditions. The most versatile category. Day touring kayaks are usually of moderate length (13-15 feet) and width, include ample storage space, and can often be equipped with a rudder or skeg.

Expedition touring

– The longest trips, in the most adverse conditions, with the heaviest loads. Expedition touring kayaks are typically very long (16 feet or more), fairly narrow, with lots of storage space, designed to track well, and are usually equipped with a rudder or skeg.

Recreational

– Casual family paddling, after work, on the weekends, at the local lake, in calm conditions. Recreational kayaks are typically medium short (9-12 feet), wide, very stable, and usually feature large cockpit openings.

Sit-on-top

– Beach play, or paddling in warm weather, great for those who don’t want to be confined inside a decked kayak. Also great for fishing. Sit-on-top kayaks vary in design, depending on the intended purpose of the kayak in question.

 

Info courtesy of Perception Kayaks: www.kayaker.com

 
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