Used Kayaks, Second Hand Beauties
Finding, Choosing, Paying
Used kayaks can make a great option if you’re new to kayaking and don’t have too much money to spend on the hobby yet want to own your own boat. They’re also a great way of saving money when you upgrade your equipment and can be a good way to get into the sport easily.
Once you’ve decided what type of kayaking you want to do you simply need to go in search of a boat.
Where to find used kayaks for sale
One of the best places to search for used kayaks is at kayak schools or clubs. Club members often sell their own kayaks when they are ready to move up to the next level or know other people who are doing just that. Check out notice boards and club websites and ask around at the club house.
Alternatively check online kayaking forums especially those for your local area, look at classified ads in kayaking magazines and local papers and even ask at local kayaking stores. Some also deal in used kayaks or have a regular sale on trade-in items. Online auctions such as eBay are another place to search.
What to look for
When you’re searching for a second hand kayak of any type make sure you see it before you buy it – even if it looks like an incredible deal at an online auction site such as eBay. With inflatable kayaks look out for any repairs and check all the seams for lifting or damage. Used plastic kayaks that look in good condition are usually a good buy as they’re very durable. Nicks and scrapes on the hull can increase your resistance a little but unless there’s obvious major damage you’ll still get years of good service from them. On fibreglass models look for signs of any damage or repair. Although fibreglass and composite kayaks can be repaired, unless you’re willing to pay for this or do it yourself, buying a used fibreglass kayak that needs work done to it may not be the best solution.
What you should expect to pay for used a kayak
The price you’ll pay for a second hand kayak depends on what it was worth new. In general plastic kayaks don’t retain their value well and you can get used plastic kayaks for about 50 percent of their original price in some cases. Fiberglass and composite kayaks retain much more of their value and you’re probably looking at a discount of about 20 to 30 percent on a second hand kayak of this type. Folding kayaks retain their value particularly well and you can only expect to get a discount of about a few hundred dollars off the price of a new kayak.