Melba Kayak May 03rd, 2018 - 10:31:52
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.
The sit on top kayak is the more popular fishing kayak as they let you fish from a variety of positions and they have greater storage. SOTs are moulded tubes that you sit on rather than in. Any water that ends up on the kayak drains through holes that run from the top to below the water line. These holes are called scuppers and they eliminate the need to remove the water as the properties of the designs does this. This means however that you will get wet so dress appropriately as you are exposed to the elements. The sit on top allows you to get on and of with greater ease and is easier to regain if you overturn. The sit on top is a great choice if you will be standing, getting off or on, or if you want to be in contact with the water or sit side saddle while fishing. Models such as the Perception Sport Pescador 12 angler kayak are a favorite for their storage, maneuverability and style.
Tips for Transport: Always give the kayak a good push and pull before driving away to make sure you are secure. As a general rule if you can rock the vehicle without the kayak shifting on its perch than you are fine. If the kayak is sliding back and forth on the bars or in the carriers than you need to go back and tighten the straps. If using straps with auto-lock buckles, always put a half hitch in the strapping after tying down to insure that even if the buckle loosens the strap will not come lose. If using ratchet style tie downs it is very easy to over-tighten and do damage to the kayak. So make sure that the kayak is snug, but dont go overboard. When transporting in a flat bed pickup dont choose places on the kayak to fasten to that can fail - like the handles. We recommend passing the straps through the scupper holes of the kayak and tying that off in the bed of the truck. Some cars roof areas can compress/dent in when using foam blocks, these dents usually pop back out. Always try to place foam blocks on the strongest part of the roof (this will be the areas closer to the front and rear windows) Also, if you find that some part of your kayak is making contact with the roof after you tighten it down then placing a piece of rug or padding there is a good idea to protect the car from scratching.
5. Brands You will never regret purchasing a kayak from a kayak building company. I have seen tons of generic molded kayaks made in factories over seas, that have a label slapped on them and they are widely sold at low cost outlets all over the country. There are a lot of reasons to avoid these kayaks, but the main reason is that they are not made by people who actually kayak. There are several US based companies that were started by kayaking enthusiasts, and they make great kayaks. I want you to get the best recreational kayak you can, for the cheapest price. It may mean you need to shop around and look for deals. Buying from a kayak making company will mean you get a great recreational kayak that you can use for many years to come.