Sunday, April 18, 2010

What Kayak and paddle is right for you?

Welcome to the next aspect of Kayak Paddling. The big question at hand is simple- What Kayak and Paddle is right for you?
It really varies by person. Lot's of factors go into choosing the right kayak.
Some factors that matter- your weight, height and purpose for buying the kayak.
Why are these key factors? Simply put, at the end of the day, you want to have fun. The wrong kayak will make you miserable on the water.
If you go to a sporting goods store, get a sales associate to help you determine what kind of kayak and paddle is right for you. Ask questions, and even sit in a few, getting a good feel for the Kayak of your fancy. As mentioned in my first post, the right paddle can enhance your enjoyment on the water. You can pick up a nice paddle for under $50 but be careful some paddles can reach up to several hundred dollars and as a beginner kayaker, there really is no need to spend that much cash.
After determining the kayak and paddle for you, get online and do a little research for the best price, I can almost guarantee you will find what you are looking for at a fraction of the price the sporting good store is asking. Craigslist is also another excellent resource for buying used. Post an ad requesting to buy a used Kayak, and you will be pleasantly surprised by the cash you will save. When buying A used Kayak, make sure you check for holes, and severe oyster scratches this can effect the way your kayak moves on the water.


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