A good kayaking experience is one that allows a kayaker to explore little known scenic beaches, provides a good work out, or in some cases allows some play time for the kids on calm lake waters. For kayaking beginners, there are a variety of kayaks that one can choose from depending on the budget, intended use and the preferred water conditions to paddle in. Here are a few pointers to consider when looking for an appropriate kayak:
Recreational kayaks are usually stable kayaks which are made for easy paddling by novice anglers and casual kayaking enthusiasts on calm rivers, small lakes and ponds. They are however not appropriate for use in high winds and strong currents. They are best suited for short trips especially for scenic photographers since they are not good at tracking. There are hard shell and inflatable kayaks.
They are also made from the durable polyurethane material but they are made such that they can snap into different sections for easy of packaging and transportation. It does not require special transportation arrangements since the kayak can be easily transported on any kind of SUV. It can be used for casual day tours or for recreational purposes. It also has the flexibility of an additional cockpit being added so as to include a shipmate hence turning the vessel from a single user kayak to a double tandem kayak.
It’s quite normal for a lot of people to think of inflatable kayaks as flimsy vessels, but contrary to such kind of belief, they are versatile, easy to use vessels that are also quite tough. Mostly made from PVC, they are very light and easy to maneuver with the use of air giving the boats more buoyancy than other kayaks.
To give them rigidity, frames and stiffening bars are added to the panel of the floor. This makes them better in tracking and able to maneuver better in strong currents. They are multipurpose boats that can be used for recreation and fishing and can easily fit into a back pack when deflated making transportation very easy.
They are made with a tougher layer of skin on top and a strong frame made of alluminium but can be easily folded for easier portability. They have more storage space hence they can be used for long expeditions. They are highly stable and buoyant.
They are manufactured for kayakers who engage in fishing either as a recreational activity or as a sport. Fishing kayaks usually come equipped with common fishing accessories and equipment used for fishing. Inbuilt holders for fishing rods, space for coolers and tackle boxes are just some of the special features that come with these boats. They are very stable and can allow users to stand while fishing for better casting and to improve visibility.
They are highly specialized hard shell sit in kayaks that have a tough bottom that is rounded and contoured ends for better navigating in rough whitewaters.