The pastime of kayaking has seen a dramatic increase in popularity over the past decade. Now it has become commonplace to see people of all ages out enjoying the great waterways this country has to offer. Rivers, estuaries, beaches and dams have all become more accessible as people are taking full advantage of the lightweight, manoeuvrable and ultra-stealthy characteristics that a kayak offers. Athletes, adventurers and fisherman alike are making room in their homes as they recognise the versatility and ease of use that a kayak can provide.
In this buyers guide, the BCFing experts will be walking you through some of the most important things to consider before taking the plunge on a new kayak. So, what are we waiting for? Let's get you kayak ready.
What to consider when choosing a kayak
There's such a diverse range of kayaks on the market and although they may all serve the same purpose of getting you on the water, each is vastly different, you must understand no one kayak can do everything. The questions below will help you in choosing the correct kayak to fit your own individual needs.
What will the kayak be used for?
This should be the first question you ask yourself when considering purchasing a kayak. Whether you are a mad keen fisherman, have a passion for exploring our waterways, or maybe you would like to work on your fitness and physical conditioning, kayaks make for an ultra-versatile watercraft at an affordable price.
Where will the kayak mainly be used?
Where the kayak will be used is another important question that you must ask yourself. Rivers, estuaries, dams, or the open ocean are all fair game, but each location is completely different and may need a kayak designed with that location in mind. Different shapes, sizes and materials all play a massive role in a kayak's performance and where it should be used.
How often will the kayak be used and for how long?
Will you be going for extended periods or simply day trips? It's important to think about the amount of storage space you have on-board. If overnight fishing adventures are your thing, make sure there is enough room for your tent, food, clothes and water to last the duration of your trip.
Who will be using the kayak?
Selecting a kayak that suits your height and body mass is extremely important for ensuring the best day on the water. You want your legs to feel comfortable and the kayak to sit with the correct buoyancy level in the water. There's also a selection of kids kayaks purposely designed for the little ones.
How much would you like to spend on a kayak?
With such a varied price range it is possible for almost anyone to get out on the water in a kayak that suits their budget. Starting at a lower price point is the Glide junior splasher, perfect for teaching your kids the ropes and the Intex challenger inflatable kayak, an awesome entry-level sit-in kayak. For a bit more you can find a range of great recreational and fishing kayaks that will have you paddling in comfort or catching that fish of a lifetime. On the other end of the scale, Hobie offers the ultimate in luxury kayaks so you will be the envy of all your friends as you cruise the river with hands-free acceleration.