Let’s break down some tips to help you find the ideal kayak for you and the type of experience you’re looking for.
Buying a Kayak
The most popular type of sit inside kayaks range from recreation craft to touring craft. Others are more specialized, such as whitewater creekers, and playboats. Canoes plus stock a range of all of these types, and also competition craft.
Have a look below for more information regarding the type of craft suited to each past-time. Usually it is the sit inside kayaks that provide more kayak types suited to each specific area of kayaking, although there are some sit on kayaks that can be used for the same purpose. For instance, sea kayaks are generally seen as a sit inside kayak, but there are a few versions available that are a sit on top style. Canoes plus stock both types.
If you see yourself using your kayak for leisurely trips, are a new paddler or plan to take photos on a calm lake or river, a recreational kayak is a good choice. These kayaks are stable and designed to be maneuverable and easy to use. Usually these kayaks have large open cockpits, which are easy to get in and out of, and can come with or without foot pegs. They are wide and stable, but not really suitable for distance paddling. Canoes plus stock a variety of popular models including the Safari H20 Drifter and the Pelican Argo and Fazer.
Are you looking for something more adventurous, like trips on rougher waters or out in the ocean? Consider looking for a touring kayak. They are built to go in a straight line and because they are usually longer, they are often able to weather rougher water. They are meant for long trips and often offer more comfort options, such as upgraded seats, foot pegs and more storage. Touring kayaks can be segregated into two groups - touring on flatwater and sea kayaks. Touring kayaks are generally slightly shorter around 12 or 14 ft, and are built for more speed on flatwater. These boat can be with or without rudder, and generally have a smaller cockpit than their recreational counterparts.
Sea kayaks are longer kayaks, around 15 ft or more. They have larger and more hatches, come with a rudder and have a small cockpit with thigh braces. These boats are designed more to take on bays or the open ocean, and have a little more upthrust in the bow to ride over those breakers. Sea kayaks are generally designed with expeditions in mind, and have heaps of storage space. Canoes Plus have a great range of budget sea kayaks as well as Italian designed CS canoe sea kayaks.
If you don’t have a large storage space at home, you can opt for an inflatable kayak, which folds up completely and can be easily transported. Some fold up small enough to fit into your pack. They are fairly durable, usually made of multiple layers of plastic and fabric. They also can usually be patched and repaired. Once your day on the water is over, you will just deflate the kayak so it fits in the trunk of your car. Inflatable kayaks can be a good choice for beginners looking for their first kayak.
There are specific kayaks made just for fishing that come with special storage compartments. Some models are designed with built-in rod holders, tackle boxes and other extra storage features that an angler would need. One big benefit of fishing kayaks is that they are made to be more stable so that you can stand up on them to cast, or get a better look at the water and beneath the surface. Many recreational kayaks can work for fishing too, just check out the features to confirm they will suit your fishing needs. Canoes Plus stock a range of fishing kayaks for the budget conscious, as well as those with more in mind. Pedal kayaks are now all the rage, but remember that you need to take a paddle with you as well for those emergencies. The Jackson Range at Canoes plus is top-of-the-line in both pedal and paddle fishing kayaks.
Why kayak alone? Bring a friend and don’t worry about keeping up with another person’s paddling. A tandem kayak has seats for more than one person. It will also give you more space if you want to bring along a child or a furry friend. (NOTE: Put a life vest on fido is you do.) Canoes Plus have both sit on top and sit inside tandem kayaks. There is even a tandem sea kayak.