Kayaks are a whole lot of fun and if you are looking to add one to your life then I highly recommend them. Finding the best kayak brands can be very difficult and there are actually quite a lot of things to consider before making your purchase. So let’s take a look in more detail as to what you really need to know when making your purchase! This includes the design of the kayak as well as the best tips for beginners and more!
Shapes of Kayaks
The shape or design of your kayak can considerably change your kayaking experience, if you are a beginner then knowing about the kayak length, width and stability is going to help you out immensely. These 3 things directly affect the manoeuvrability, speed and stability.
Have you ever seen those really long kayaks? The longer the kayak the more speed it will pick up and maintain. Many competitive kayakers will have very long boats which will maintain speed and help them get over the line quicker. If you have long distances to cover and that is your primary goal with the kayak then a long kayak is the most suitable option.
If you want manoeuvrability and ease of turning your kayak then a shorter kayak is ideal. If you are wanting to leisurely paddle around your area be it a lake, river or ocean then a shorter kayak would be the better choice. They are a lot more stable too.
Also if you have to transport the kayaks long distances then a shorter kayak is going to be much easier to do that with!
The wider your kayak the more ease you will have getting in and out as well as a lot more stability. The width should also be decided upon when considering how much stuff you want to store in the kayak and take with you. The extra material of a wide kayak will, however, make them a bit heavier which can have transportation issues.
For beginners stability is paramount for getting in and out and paddling around. If it is the first time you have used it then you are going to want to choose stability over everything else, no one wants to tip out of their kayak in the middle of a lake and have to get back in! You don’t want to start your first kayaking experience off badly!
Best Kayak for Beginners
In my opinion the best kayak for a beginner is the Sun Dolphin Aruba. This is a 10 foot sit in kayak made from durable material and is very stable.
This kayak has a large open cockpit meaning you can carry everything you need as well as an adjustable padded seat for comfort. Other key features include:
- Gear storage with shock cord deck rigging
- Adjustable foot braces
- Durable design
- Carry handles
- Water bottle holder
The great thing is that this kayak is made from UV stabilized fortiflex high density polyethylene which is incredibly sturdy and stable.
This kayak is available in quite a few different colors as well!