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Which Kayak is Right for You?


Kayaking is a great sport that can be enjoyed with the whole family. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced kayaker, it’s important to have the right kayak for the most fun. Local sporting goods stores will often host events for customers to try out different kayaks, so keep your eyes out for those. It’s a great way to try out different types of kayaks before purchasing.

If you have small children who want to join in the fun, but aren’t quite ready for their own kayak yet, consider a tandem kayak which allows for two people to be in the same kayak. This is also a nice way for two people to kayak together in the same boat.

Sea kayaks are built for waves and speed. They are built to be slender and long to be able to cut through the waves, but this also makes it far easier to tip over. While it is easy to tip over, this makes it easier for the kayaker to flip the kayak right-side-up again without needing to exit the kayak. You will often find that sea kayaks are the favorite type of kayak used in races and advanced paddling clubs.

Kayaks built for calmer bodies of waters such as lakes and ponds come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Shorter kayaks are often flatter on the bottom giving them more stability and less chance of tipping over. Longer kayaks are a bit slenderer with a rounded bottom giving the kayaker more ability to gain speed in the water. These kayaks often offer different sitting options such as open seating. This is where you sit in the kayak normally, but your legs are exposed.

If you plan to hit the rapids, plan to look at smaller kayaks that are both short and slender. These kayaks are usually fit to the person being no longer than the kayaker’s height. This is so the kayaker has complete control over maneuvering the boat and making quick adjustments in direction.

If fishing is your passion, there is a kayak built for that as well. The accessories range based on price, but most angling kayaks are built to be longer with a flat bottom to compensate for the movement of fishing. Often extra compartments are built into the kayak to hold fishing gear, and you can even find a kayak with a live well. There are several options that you can add on to make your fishing experience even more comfortable such as rod holders, peddles and a rudder so you can move while fishing, and umbrellas for shade.

Whether this is your first kayak purchase, or you are a seasoned pro, there is the perfect kayak out there for you. Have fun, be safe and enjoy your time on the water.

For specific questions, inquiries or custom orders contact Log Kayak Rack at 1-715-543-2006.