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Choosing a Kayak

Modern kayaks differ greatly from native kayaks in every aspect—from initial form through conception, design, manufacturing and usage. Modern kayaks serve diverse purposes, ranging from slow and easy touring on placid water, to racing and complex maneuvering in fast-moving whitewater, to fishing and long-distance ocean excursions. Modern forms, materials and construction techniques make it possible to effectively serve these needs while continuing to leverage the insights of the original Arctic inventors.   Modern kayaks have evolved into specialized types that may be broadly categorized according to their application as sea or touring kayaks, whitewater (or river)kayaks, surf kayaks, racing kayaks, fishing kayaks' and recreational kayaks.

Kayak Length
As a general rule, a longer kayak is faster.  Kayaks that are built to cover longer distances such as touring and sea kayaks are longer, generally 16 to 19 feet (4.9 to 5.8 m). With touring kayaks the keel is generally more defined (helping the kayaker track in a straight line.) Whitewater kayaks, which generally depend upon river current for their forward motion, are short, to maximize maneuverability. These kayaks rarely exceed 8 feet (2.4 m) in length, and play boats may be only 5–6 feet (1.5–1.8 m) long. Recreational kayak designers try to provide more stability at the price of reduced speed, and compromise between tracking and maneuverability, ranging from 9–14 feet (2.7–4.3 m).
 
 
Sit on top kayaks advantages
Sit-on-top kayaks have a few advantages over sit-insides, one of which is comfort. Paddlers with large body types, long legs, or limited flexibility may feel less confined paddling a sit-on-top. One of the biggest benefits is the ability to do a self-rescue. Because sit-on-tops have an open deck rather than an enclosed one, there is less risk of being trapped in the boat if it tips over. With a sit-on-top kayak there is no need to practice Eskimo rolls or wet exits. That really appeals to new paddlers, and people who don't plan to take their kayaks out on expeditions.
Sit-on-tops are fun and a great way to enjoy kayaking….so, grab a paddle and sit on an 2monks Kayaks.
 
 
Kayak Price
Recreational sit-in kayaks are less expensive than touring and sea kayaks. Sit-in whitewater kayaks vary drastically in price depending on manufacturer, shape and type of whitewater use. Sit-on-top kayaks are often priced around recreational sit-in kayaks and lower than those with longer, more detailed hull shapes. If you plan on getting a lot of use out of your kayak, a better made, more expensive sit-in kayak might be more suitable. However, if you are looking for a kayak to splash around in during the day, with little or no lengthy trips, a less expensive sit-on-top kayak will suit your needs well.

Here's a video to help you choose the kayak that's right for you.


 

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