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What You Need to Know if You Are Thinking of Buying a Kayak

Sep 4, 2008
A kayak is a small boat that is driven by human and it has a roofed deck and a cockpit. This is driven with a paddle that has two blades. This is mostly used for hunting by the natives of the sub-arctic area of the north eastern part of Asia, Greenland and North America. They are also known by the name of Canoes in certain parts of the globe. They are available in various materials and designs now-a-days.

They are used for adventure trips to the seas as well as for fishing. The sea kayaks are longer in size than the ones driven in the rivers. They are generally manufactured by hardy materials like carbon composites, Kevlar and plastics.

The modern varieties are spacious enough to carry a lot of stuffs with you and they are also ready to be taken for big trips. In short if you are on a trip to the coastal or lake regions then kayaks can be a great option to explore the various natural water bodies.

The word kayaks are now used in a wider way to define different types of vessels which are driven by the human beings. There is quite a variety available which slightly differ in shapes and purposes from each other. Sea kayaks are designed for traveling long distance on water that has waves. They are driven with two paddles. Then there are kayaks with single paddle which are called the whitewater kayaks.

Salom kayaks and playboats are included in this category. The surf kayaks are also known as the surf skis. They are narrow in shape and longer than the general kayaks. These are mainly used for racing and this is the reason why you will need some extra skills to handle them with proper stability. Then there are other types of kayaks like the military kayaks, folding kayaks, recreational kayaks and waveskis.

The kayaks which are made of wood with a combination of fiber glass have proved to be very successful. The "skin on frame" kayaks resemble the structure and design of the traditional boats. They are made with driftwood and seal skin. Sometime nylon cloth is used instead of the seal skin. The folding kayaks are actually a member of the same family and it is linked with the Eskimo kayaks.

You can directly buy the new kayaks from stores but they will cost you little high. In this case you can select the one which is of the preferred materials of yours. This is also a great idea to buy the second hand kayaks and they can be found online as well. Make sure that the kayak you are buying is in good condition.
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April Kerr owns website Kayak Shopper which has details of where to buy cheap kayak paddles and Thule racks .
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