The art of choosing the right kayak:
Often I get the question: What is the best kayak for beginners? This question leads directly to a question: What should you use the kayak for? Long journey, exercise or competition? Only when these basic questions have been addressed can you answer the original question. The answer I leave is always colored by personal experience and performance requirements of the current kayak type, which does not always coincide with your own requirements and expectations.
You can also take part in so-called tests in different journals, but they do not get much wiser because the test selection of different kayaks is extremely limited and the test staff have limited experience and, unfortunately, in some cases, insufficient knowledge to carry out a test worth the name. Every test in the press releases almost without exception to strong protests from readers with divergent views on the test’s conclusions, which only confuses the concepts further to you.
The best thing you can do is trust your own judgment because you are going to paddle in the kayak and it is your requirements and wishes to be met. You are therefore the most important person when choosing the right kayak for your needs. Perform your own kayaking test! Many kayak models can be sorted out directly by studying fact sheets and brochures.
Finding the Right Kayak if You’re a Beginner
If you follow the following simple advice, you will get into the right kayak from the outset and avoid animal-bought experiences.
1. What is the kayak’s maximum cargo capacity?
Personnel and cargo must not exceed the specified maximum value for the kayak
2. Bet on kayaks only in safe and proven materials.
The hard plastics, such as polyester reinforced with fiberglass or carbon fiber fabrics, are strong, lightweight and if the accident is relatively easy to repair. The aging characteristics are very good and a fiberglass / polyester kayak lasts for several generations. On the other hand, if you choose a kayak in thermoplastics, such as polyethylene or ABS, you will get a material that sooner or later is broken down by the sun’s UV rays. On the purchase, you get a kayak with bad glide when the soft surface is ragged after a few stone cuts.
3. Select the correct color on the kayak
It is safer to paddle in an easily discovered light kayak than in a dark, dull color. White, light yellow and light orange are suitable colors. The white color is best to improve and easiest to handle when it comes to maintenance and repairs. In strong sunlight a dark kayak becomes very hot which can damage the food supply in the long run.
4. Take into account the kayak’s own weight and your body strength.
You should be able to lift the kayak on the car roof without having to overload you. A one-man long-sleeved jacket should preferably not weigh more than 25 kg and a dito exercise jacket weighs 15-20 kg. Competition kits and exercise kits in sandwich and coal-kevlark composite weighs about 10-15kg.
5. The wellbore opening must not be too small.
You will not have to sit on the aft deck and carry out balancing powers to eject you into the cockpit. A narrow cockpit opening can put you in danger if you do not master the Eskimo Wing to perfection. A person with about 180 cm in body length should choose a cockpit with a size of 80X40 cm, at least!
6. Never choose a kayak without rudders.
The only exception is so-called slalom kayaks to be paddled backwards through certain gates on a racing section in flowing water. Do not believe in a moment of so-called experts who claim that rudder is only for beginners. A rudderless kayak always comes to short and becomes difficult to handle when it’s blowing and the lake is worried. You can never replace a rudder with fins or skates, fixed or adjustable. The riddle contributes to both course attendance and course change and it is your own to determine this. If you choose a kayak with sledding and roderlyft you can also decide which rudder effect you want depending on the winds and waves.
7. Waterproof shot or conventional loading is a flavor.
A properly equipped shotless kayak is just as safe as a shooting kayak. If you appreciate the convenience of shots and locks, make sure that the doors are large enough to help you get rid of big bags such as sleeping bags and tents under tires. Paddling around with big bulky kits on the kayak deck is disgusting and compromises safety. Always pack waterproof regardless of type of kayak, as condensation moisture and less leakage are impossible to avoid.
When the above theoretical selection is completed, there are usually a few kayaks that may be relevant to your part.
8. Test the kayak!
Lay out the relevant test kits on the ground. Try the seat and adjustments of footrest and seat as well as assess the technical design. Feel free to memorize notes for the final evaluation. If you are not well in the kayak it is meaningless to take it out for a test trip. Keep in mind that a long-haul jacket must have such a high volume that your equipment will fit under deck. Sample Load!
A motion kayak should also accommodate a heavy day trip packing, weighing about 10-20 kg. Sample Load! Having kayaking devices for self-restoration is this a definite advantage.
9. Test paddle!
It is not enough to splash a few minutes on still water at the dealer’s dock. You simply have to paddle a lucky ride on open unprotected waters, maybe even up to 10 km with every current kayak. The long-range jaw will definitely be tested with load because it is designed to take load.
You will find that round and V-bottomed kayaks with flat freeboard junctions are lightweight, final and easy to master especially in side seaways compared to flat-bottomed quays with flat freeboards.
10. Test different types of seaweed!
During the test paddling, test the kayak’s behavior in the lake and in surf-waves. A properly designed kayak must not surprise you with sudden riots and course changes that you are not in control of. The kayak will obey rods and be able to hold given courses while maintaining calm, distance-winning paddling. If you are forced to often take braking crashes or to periodically paddle on one page only to keep the course, you have chosen wrong kayaking.
Do you appreciate a kayak with good course keeping, straight call and little rudder action high, then choose one. On the other hand, if you think of a lightweight kayak, with a curly call and great rudder effect, this should be your choice.
Also try to perform a self-restoration on open water to finally convince you that your next kayak is the right one for you.
11. Trusted manufacturer?
Check the credibility of the warranties provided by the manufacturer as well as the availability of spare parts and accessories.
The above test method takes time and costs a lot of money, but it leads to the right kayaking and unlike many junk products that thrive in today’s society, a properly chosen quality chess becomes a friend of life that helps you to unforgettable nature experiences, good fitness and mental well-being .
Welcome to kayaking!