Melba Kayak May 03rd, 2018 - 10:32:44
Youre dying to get out on the water. You want to buy a kayak, but your budget is limited. You know that you want to paddle some lakes and a few rivers that arent white water, but what kind of kayak do you buy? How do you know you are getting a great deal on a kayak? Will you even want to use this kayak in a year? Lets answer all those questions and more to help you find the best cheap recreational kayak available. First, lets make sure you understand what a recreational kayak is, before we even get to the point of talking about the best cheap kayaks on the market. As the name implies, recreational kayaks are for the recreational user. They are perfect for the hobbyist who wants to get out on the water for pleasure, exercise, recreation and mental health. I just threw the mental health in there because it sure is true. Kayaking can be a huge stress reliever, but thats a different post for a different day! A recreational kayak is versatile enough to use on flat water and some rivers. It is stable enough for a beginner, and tracks well enough to be used for long paddles. Its a comfortable boat, with lots of storage room for your gear. The recreational kayak is a great choice for 90% of the people who kayak!
Pontoon boats are another option for a small fishing vessel. If you like to fish on generally calm waters and like to be in a seat which allows you rotation and maneuverability, then this can be an excellent choice. There is plenty of storage space and increased movement while fishing. These can be extremely stable and, while they are open and one is exposed to the elements, the elevation of the seat keeps you from coming in contact with the water. These also can be fitted with a motor so this kind of boat is a good option for those who do not desire to paddle. Pontoon boats can also allow for increased mobility and excellent storage as some models collapse easily. If you fly fish the ability to stand and sight fish makes makes this a good option. The Sea Eagle FoldCat Inflatable Boat is a favorite for its easy of assembly and its versatility.
Speed: Generally, the longer and narrower a kayak the faster it is. SIKs are usually faster, however there are fast SOTs too. Speed is only important if you need it. If the majority of your fishing is close to shore or in small, protected areas, than you probably wont need a long fast kayak. However, if youre fishing a big reservoir, bay, sound, or in the open ocean the ability to cover distance may be very important to you. An equally sized SIK will usually be faster because it is narrower than a SOT of the same length. Maneuverability: If youre going to fish in small creeks or narrow estuaries, youll probably want a kayak that is easy to maneuver. A long fast touring kayak will be more difficult to use in these situations and might take away from your overall fishing experience. A shorter SOT or SIK will suit you better if these types of environments. On big waters making a sharp turn usually isnt crucial so a longer kayak is not a problem. Accessory Friendly: one of the joys of kayak fishing is converting a simple recreational kayak into a very effective and compact fishing vessel. This is done by adding fishing accessories. How much you add depends largely on your fishing style and your philosophy on gear. Some fishermen just take a rod and a few lures along and others like to bring lots of gear along. No matter what your preference, simply adding one rod holder will greatly increases the fishability of your kayak. Lots of flat surfaces are nice for mounting accessories.
The rigid (hard shell) kayak is what most people think of when they hear the word kayak. Of the various Hard Shell models, a plastic kayak is usually the least expensive but also can be the heaviest. They are usually tough and can take the abuse, but if they get damaged, they are very difficult to repair if at all. A fiberglass Kayak will be a much more expensive model than a plastic model, but is significantly lighter. Fiberglass can be easier to damage, but can also be easier to repair (can be expensive) compare to the plastic version. Composite types such as Kevlar, graphite and carbon fiber kayaks will be even more expensive and lighter still and more costly to repair once damaged then the other two mentioned already.