Man Fishing on a Kayak

Buy a Kayak

Buy a Kayak

As you gain confidence and your kayaking skills progress, you may decide to invest in your own kayak. Prices for kayaks can range significantly from less than £500 for a second hand craft and up to £2,000 or more for a new one.

 

Types of Kayak

Kayaks come in all shapes and sizes. However for those starting out a general purpose kayak is ideal. 

Childrens kayaks are designed to help youngsters progress with a flat hull and short length that make it easy to turn and paddle.

Sit on top kayaks have become really popular in recent years as they are an inexpensive way of getting on the water. These provide a really stable platform to learn on and are popular with families as well as being durable thanks to their plastic construction, but  they are not ideal for covering any great distance. 

General purpose kayak are designed for the casual paddler interested in leisure paddling on flat water although they can be used in the sea they do not perform as well as surf or sea kayak. Compared to other kayaks, recreational kayaks have a larger cockpit for easier entry and exit and a wider beam for more stability. This makes them one of the most popular types of kayak and the boat that most people learn in.

Sea kayaking  are long and are equipped with several comparments to store camping equipment and survival gear.

Surf kayaks have a flat-bottom and deck, that enables them to respond well to waves.

Inflatable kayaks can be easily transported by hand using a carry bag and inflated with foot, hand or electric pumps. While many inflatables are non-rigid, best suited for use on rivers and calm water, the higher end inflatables are designed to be hardy, seaworthy boats. 

Pedal kayaks allow the kayaker to propel the boat with a rotating propeller or underwater "flippers" rather than with a paddle. This offers hands-free kayaking allowing the paddler to perform other tasks such as photographing, fishing, drawing.

Fishing kayaks include mounts and compartments to store all of your kit and pointed shape to cut through chop and deliver a stable and predictable ride.

Whitewater boats are usually highly buoyant and moulded from high-impact plastic enabling them to bounce of rocks without leaking and ride rapids .

Freestyle kayaks are specially designed short boats with a scooped bow and blunt stern that trade speed and stability for high maneuverability. Their low profile enables the paddler to submerge the kayak below the water to perform tricks.

Slalom kayaks are flat–bottomed with low profile decks so that they lie low in the water. They are highly maneuverable, and stable but not fast in a straight line.

Sprint kayaks come in three types - K-1 (single paddler), K-2 (two paddlers) and K-4 (four paddlers). They are generally made out of extremely lightweight composites such as kevlar, carbon fiber or fibreglass and come equipped with a rudder to help with turning. These kayaks are not intended for anything other than flat water. They are narrow, extremely unstable, and require expertise to paddle well, but are fast in the hands of proficient users.

Marathon kayaks are long and have a large cockpit for getting in and out, and usually have a 'skeg' which enables the kayak only to go straight forward.

 
Sample Kayak Costs Childrens kayak £340 General purpose kayak from £400 Sit on Top kayak from £330 Sea touring kayak from £1200 Fishing kayak £550 Pedal kayak from £1400 Whitewater kayak from £550

Sample Kayak Costs

Childrens kayak £340

General purpose kayak from £400

Sit on Top kayak from £330

Sea touring kayak from £1200

Fishing kayak £550

Pedal kayak from £1400

Whitewater kayak from £550