It’s more than just a kayak. The excitement that you get the moment you set your eyes on a kayak is part of the overall fun experience. Here are 10 things for you to know before you buy your first kayak.
1. What Budget?
Set a budget that fits your needs. Consider leaving a little wiggle room for taxes, shipping, and accessories.
2. What Type?
There are sit-on-top and sit-inside kayaks. Both have advantages, so think about which one is best for you.
3. What Size?
Length, width, and capacity are all things to think about before buying a kayak.
4. What Material?
Most kayaks are made of plastic, but some are made of composite materials.
5. What Seat?
There are a few seat options including adjustable support chairs.
6. What Paddle?
Pick a paddle that fits your height and arm length. Your local kayak dealer can help you to find the perfect fit.
7. What About Fishing?
There are many kayak fishing accessories that you can use to customize your fishing experience.
8. What About Safety?
Wear a PFD and whistle, install a deck-mounted visibility flag, carry a first aid kit, and stay hydrated.
9. What About Storage?
Kayaks have internal and external storage for all of your gear.
10. What About Care?
Kayaks are highly durable. Rinse yours thoroughly after each use, store it indoors or in a shaded area, and make sure to close any openings on your kayak.
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