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SELECTING THE RIGHT CANOE OR KAYAK

The first step in selecting your canoe or kayak is to think about the type of waters you will be on. Will you go on the whitewater rivers? Will you go on lakes and streams? Next is the type of experience you are looking for: Do you want to relax? Do you want to fish? Do you want to tour for several miles? Will you have a partner? Do you want to surf the waves?
Once you know the answers to these questions you can begin to evaluate different brands and models. Shorter boats will turn easily and cost less but they'll be difficult to keep going straight, have little capacity or seaworthiness and will require much more effort to keep moving. If you do all types of waters consider getting a little longer boat that has some rocker. This will give you glide and tracking but also maneuverability, capacity, and seaworthiness. A quality canoe and kayak dealer will have several brands and dozens of models to choose from, so set aside a couple of hours for discussion and on-water testing.
One important step in selecting a kayak is to sit in it to check for roominess and seat/backrest comfort. Modifications can be made but your initial feeling should be positive; if not, don't even try that kayak out in the water. Some kayaks have larger openings or taller backrests that can really make a difference for larger paddlers or those with limited mobility. A person's size is much more important when selecting a solo canoe or kayak than when selecting a tandem.
Another factor to consider when selecting a canoe or kayak is the cost. Be wary of the canoe or kayak priced much lower than other brands- there is probably a good reason for it. Generally the cheaper boats are of poor design and low quality; few things will prove to be as long lasting as a quality canoe or kayak. Brands that cost more but don't deliver satisfaction will quickly go out of business while a Brand that has a lower price may be able to survive in spite of poor design and materials thanks to those who are always drawn to the lowest cost option. A poorly designed boat will often have several owners- as it gets traded in or re-sold often when people realize how heavy and tippy it is. They also become tired of having to put in so much effort to get the boat to move through the water. Perhaps you know someone with a poorly designed canoe or kayak…it's probably been years since they used it. Those who buy a really nice kayak or canoe are much more likely to use it frequently. Since there are constant improvements in design and technology, used canoes and kayaks are not always as good a value as new ones. Those who own a good canoe or kayak often keep it for many years or even decades since it literally costs nothing to own one after the initial purchase. This means that your selection of quality canoes and kayaks is always much greater for new than used.
So remember, when selecting a canoe or kayak, take your time. Try out the boats you are considering and see what feels good to you. Don't always just go for the cheapest one- go for the one that will take you where you want to go easily and comfortably. Good quality and performance in a canoe or kayak will always prove to be the best bargain.

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