If you love being on the lake or a lazy river but don’t have the money to buy a boat, then considering purchasing a kayak. Kayaks can cost only a few hundred or thousands of dollars depending on how you intend to use it. You should also consider your level of skill, whether you will be using kayaking for a day or more, the types of water conditions you will encounter, and how much gear you will need to load into it.
There are several types of kayaks, the two most popular being sit-in and sit-on-top models. Sit-in models can be recreational or touring kayaks. Recreational sit-in kayaks are suitable for beginners who only plan to use them for a few hours or a day and will not be in rough waters. These kayaks are very stable and offer good speed and maneuverability. Touring kayaks provide better speed, however, are harder to maneuver. Touring kayaks are meant for more advanced kayakers who need stability in rougher waters.
If you are only an occasional kayaker, you may consider renting a sit-on-top kayak to paddle around a lake or river for a few hours or a day. These are the easiest types of kayaks for novices to use. Since they have a very wide base, sit-on-top kayaks are very difficult to flip over and easier to get in and out of. Children can easily paddle alongside an adult on a two-person sit-on-top kayak.
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