Kayaks for Sale, a Buyers Guide

New or Used White Water and Ocean Kayaks


When searching for kayaks for sale you need to spend some time doing research before you make a purchase. If you’re new to kayaking and just want a fun play kayak your needs will be very different from an experienced kayaker’s. You’ll also be looking for very different types of kayak.

Kayakers tend to have their own personal preferences: whitewater freaks may have never experienced long distance ocean kayaking and kayak fishermen have probably never experienced the adrenaline rush of surf kayaking. Knowing where to look for kayaks for sale and getting advice on the type of kayak you should be buying is very important.

Choosing One

The best person to get advice from is not necessarily the sales assistant at the kayak store. If you’re a kayak fisherman and the sales assistant is a whitewater kayak freak he or she may not understand the needs specific to your paddling plans. Your best bet is to talk to more experienced paddler who enjoy the type of paddling you intend to do. They can advise you on good boats and their experiences under different types of conditions.

It’s also a good idea to read reviews of individual kayaks for sale and if possible try them out. If the store won’t let you do this consider going elsewhere. Most kayak stores offer this service or even better, a 30 day review period when you can paddle the kayak in different conditions and if you’re not satisfied with it return it to the shop.

If you’re a long distance from a store ask at the local kayaking club or school and see if you can test out different models in order to find the right one for you. There’s no one kayak that’s good for all round paddling conditions and there’s no one kayak that’s good for all body shapes, finding the right fit can take a little time and effort.

Buying a brand new kayak isn’t always the best option either. If you’re not sure what type of kayaking you really want to get into, or if you’re on a strict budget then buying a used kayak can make real sense. You can usually get a decent boat for a lot less money and yet still get years of paddling from it. Check out our page on used kayaks for more information.


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