Recreational Kayaks

Recreational Kayaks

OK, so you're looking for something safe and stable that you can have some fun in.  We've already narrowed it down from over 100 to about 20 models to choose from. That's a good start!

Did you know that only about 1% of Australians own a kayak or canoe whereas in the USA it's about 5%.  Come on Aussies, we're supposed to be the ones that love the outdoors!

The next fundamental question is "Are you looking for something to sit in or something to sit on? "

Recreational Sit In Kayaks

Something stable for flat-water bays, creeks and estuaries. Cosy and comfortable, warm in winter and cool on a hot summers day.

Generally sit-ins can be narrower than sit-ons without compromising stability because they have a lower centre of gravity.  For this reason sit-ins tend to be faster and more efficient than their sit-on counterparts.

Overall sit-ins are more comfortable than most sit on tops and because you are inside the kayak you are a lot more "in-touch" with it.

We tend to sell mostly sit-in kayaks in cooler months.
If you prefer to stay relatively dry then perhaps a sit in is the way to go.

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Recreational Sit On Kayaks

Something safe and buoyant that can handle a bit of surf and doesn't matter if you get swamped by a wave or even capsize as you can simply climb back on.

Because of their higher centre of gravity sit-ons tend to be wider than their sit-in counterparts, so as to retain the desired level of stability.  This results in them being a bit sluggish and less efficient to paddle.

Generally sit-on kayaks are easier to get in and out of than sit in kayaks.  They are a popular choice for fishermen due to the ease with which you can move around, and accessibility to stowed gear.  We tend to sell a lot of SOT kayaks in Summer.

Recreational Sit In Kayaks

The next question is "do you want a double or a single?".  Many people come into our stores with the dilemma: "Should we get one double or two singles?"  The answer will often come down to personality.  If the two of you think that you're OK being together in close proximity for some time and are able to agree on which way to go, when to stop etc then a double can be a lot of fun.  If not then perhaps two singles is the way to go.

Rec Sit In Double Kayaks

A double kayak is especially good if one of you is stronger than the other because then the stronger person can work out while the other person takes it easy and the weaker person doesn't get left behind, even if they have an occasional rest.

Remember, a double can always be paddled by one person, so if you think that you'll be wanting to take it out on your own sometimes then that's fine (just check with your in-store consultant for details and suitability - some doubles are more suitable to being paddled solo than others).

Doubles tend to be more sociable than two singles as you are bound together, so the conversation can flow undisturbed (this might be seen as a good thing or a bad thing :) 

Rec Sit In Single Kayaks

Two single kayaks are suggested for those couples that tend to disagree from time to time or need their independence.  A single means that you can go at your own pace and where you want to go.  Even if your partner is stronger or weaker than you, a bit of (tow) rope can come in quite handy if the one wants a workout while the other wants to rest.

Another way to balance things where one person is bigger or stronger than the other is to get two different models : A bigger, heavier model for the stronger person and a lighter, more agile model for the smaller person.  If you visit one of our stores we'll be able to advise on which would be the best combination to suit your needs.

Two singles is also the recommended option if one of you is likely to be doing a lot of paddling on your own.  Sure, any double can be paddled solo, but it will never be as suitable paddled solo as a single kayak and loading a double kayak onto your car on your own can be a challenge.  It will also come down to budget as generally a double is cheaper than two equivalent single kayaks.

Naturally if you're only looking for a kayak for yourself then the decision is simple, you'll need a single.

Recreational Sit In Doubles

Guess what, we've reached the end of the questions!  Basically we have narrowed it down to just a few sit-in recreational doubles available on our floor. To get to these few we have tried and tested a wide range of doubles available in the market and these few have come out trumps.

C-Kayak works hard to bring you the best brands at the best prices.  If you can find a stocked item at a better price anywhere in Australia then we'll gladly beat it.

 
 
Recreational Sit In Singles

So you're looking for something stable and safe for a single person wanting to paddle shorter distances on flat water.  We have a number of kayaks in this class and each has its place.  Quite often it'll come down to your BRAND preference, what you can afford or simply which design appeals to you.

A longer kayak is normally faster and more efficient than a shorter kayak of equal width, this is because of the extended water-line. A short, stout kayak will be more stable but not as fast.

Recreational Sit On Kayaks

So you prefer a sit-on top, either because you're wanting something that is child friendly, that the whole family can use, or something to take on the surf, or perhaps you're one of those people who's afraid of being trapped inside a sit-in or possibly you just like the idea of you can easily hop in and out of.  You could also be a keen fisherman looking for a kayak that is both stable and has plenty of workspace.

Whatever your reason, SOT kayaks are becoming increasingly popular although most "serious" kayakers still prefer the sit-ins with the exception of adventure racing.

The next question is "do you want a double or a single?". Many people come into our stores with the dilemma: "Should we get one double or two singles?"  The answer will often come down to personality. If the two of you think that you're OK being together in close proximity for some time and are able to agree on which way to go, when to stop etc then a double can be a lot of fun.  If not then perhaps two singles is the way to go.

Rec Sit On Double Kayaks

A double kayak is especially good if one of you is stronger than the other because then the stronger person can work out while the other person takes it easy and the weaker person doesn't get left behind, even if they have an occasional rest.

Remember, a double can always be paddled by one person, so if you think that you'll be wanting to take it out on your own sometimes then that's fine (just check with your in-store consultant for details and suitability - some doubles are more suitable to being paddled solo than others).

Doubles tend to be more sociable than two singles as you are bound together, so the conversation can flow undisturbed (this might be seen as a good thing or a bad thing :). 

Rec Sit On Single Kayaks

Two single kayaks are suggested for those couples that tend to disagree from time to time or need their independence.  A single means that you can go at your own pace and where you want to go. Even if your partner is stronger or weaker than you, a bit of (tow) rope can come in quite handy if the one wants a workout while the other wants to rest.

Another way to balance things where one person is bigger or stronger than the other is to get two different models : A bigger, heavier model for the stronger person and a lighter, more agile model for the smaller person.  If you visit one of our stores we'll be able to advise on which would be the best combination to suit your needs.

Two singles is also the recommended option if one of you is likely to be doing a lot of paddling on your own.  Sure, any double can be paddled solo, but it will never be as suitable paddled solo as a single kayak, and loading a double kayak onto your car on your own can be a challenge.  It will also come down to budget as generally a double is cheaper than two equivalent single kayaks.

Naturally if you're only looking for a kayak for yourself then the decision is simple, you'll need a single.

Recreational Sit On Doubles

We have just a few double sit-on-top recreational doubles available on our floor. To get to this short list we have tried and tested a whole range of doubles available in the market.  These few that we carry are those which have come up tops in terms of real value for money.

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Recreational Sit On Singles

So you're looking for something fun, stable, buoyant and safe, possibly also to use in the surf.  There are many kayaks available in this class, however, we have done the hard work for you and, through testing and evaluating we have narrowed it down to just a few. Choosing the right one for you will now come down to BRAND preference, your budget and what design appeals to you.

We have highlighted above the key features and benefits of each kind of kayak in order to hopefully make it easier for you to make your choice.  If you are still not clear then we suggest that you drop us an e-mail, give us a call or pop into one of our stores where our qualified staff will be more than happy to assist you further.

C-Kayak works hard to bring you the best brands at the best prices.  If you can find a stocked item for a better price anywhere in Australia then we'll gladly beat it.

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