The difference between finding a passion or spending money on a terrible experience is buying the right kayak. Avoid these common mistakes to discover why kayaking is so popular!
1.It is assumed that recreational and beginner kayakers don’t require a costly kayak. This is incorrect. A kayaker who is experienced will steer a kayak straight and not in circles, has a better chance. A kayak that is easy to maneuver and easy to use for recreational kayaking is best. My friends often tell me that they will start with a cheaper kayak if they like kayaking. But if you buy a cheap kayak, you won’t enjoy kayaking!
2.A shorter kayak is easier to transport and carry. Long kayaks are faster and more straight-cut. If you don’t believe this is important, you can try paddling pool toys across a lake to see what I mean. Because they are easier to maneuver, short kayaks work well in white water. If you don’t like white water, DO NOT GET A KAYAK. You can find a lightweight kayak that will fit in your car. It’s much more comfortable than a hard shell.
3.Buy a generic brand. The most crucial thing in determining performance is design. The kayak should glide smoothly through the water, be easy to use, and last a long time. You may not find a well-designed kayak from a company that has invested in it. It might be slow, sluggish, or veer to one side.
4.A tandem kayak. This purchase may be worthwhile if you plan to compete in the Olympics tandem kayak race. If you’re a recreational kayaker, who thinks you might be able to get a tandem for you and your partner to go out, think again. In all relationships, a little independence is good. Tandems can cause tension among kayakers – one person gets splashed, another person doesn’t set a steady rhythm, or both aren’t paddling well enough. You are then stuck with a kayak you can’t use by yourself. You may be addicted to the romance of tandem kayaking. A convertible kayak can be paddled solo or in tandem.
5.You can’t read kayak reviews without thinking about the 1-4. Consider whether they made any of these mistakes when you read a kayak review. For example, they may complain that the inflatable kayak punctured on its second use. But did they purchase a cheaper brand? If they complain that the kayak is difficult to steer, is it too small? If they’re complaining about their paddling partner, you can forgive them. Tandem kayaks can bring out the worst!