Cheap Kayaks - They are out There
Go Discount, Go Inflatable
Sourcing cheap kayaks can be easier than you thought especially if you’re flexible on the type of kayak you want to own. Obviously your first task is to figure out what type of paddling you’re planning to do – will you want to spend most of your time just goofing about on the lake? Are you a planning a multi-day long distance trip? Do you want to get stuck in to the thrills of white water?
Designs are so specialized there’s no point buying the wrong type of kayak or canoe even if it is at a massive discount. Even if you are only interested in cheap kayaks you need to buy the right one for the type of paddling you plan to do, but with such diversity in models you can still stay fairly open minded even if you’ve narrowed down your search to whitewater or touring kayaks only.
If you’re just planning to mess about on the lake an inflatable kayak might be the best solution. They’re cheap, easy to transport and easy to store. As cheap kayaks go, they’re fine for most recreational activities though they can be a bit limited in their capacity for anyone with experience of paddling a more manoeuvrable rigid kayak.
If this is the case, rigid sit on top kayaks or even cheap canoes could be a good option. They’ll give you better performance than an inflatable but they’re cheaper than most sit in kayaks. With a sit on top you can buy a cheap kayak specially designed for fishing or diving and get a cheap kayak dedicated to your particular use.
If you’ve got your heart set on more serious kayaking but don’t quite have the budget to match your dreams, end of season sales can be a good place to look. Stores often wish to shift their kayaking and canoeing gear by the start of the autumn and discount their prices significantly especially on slightly older models.
It’s also worth considering a used kayak if you’ve got a limited budget. You’ll find used kayaks through kayak clubs and schools, on online auction sites and web-based kayaking forums, and in the classified ads. For more information on buying used kayaks see our page on that subject.