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NEW and USED KAYAKS
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Come by the store or give us a call at 757-431-8566 for more information on all of our boats.
KAYAK ESSENTIAL INFO
What is your kayak made of?
Recreation or competing: know what’s in the boat you are paddling.
- Roto molded: Roto mold boats use a rugged plastic that gives the boat a little more weight with strong durability that can stand up to more abuse from Mother Nature.
- Thermoform: This is a plastic that is lighter weight than roto molded boats but also less durable. This plastic is sleeker in the water, improving performance and creating less drag in the water.
- Fiberglass: This material is used to make surfboards and other light weight sports equipment. The drawback of such a high performance boat is the intolerance of impacts of underwater obstructions when launching or returning to shore, such as rocks, concrete, gravel.
- Kevlar: This material is a little more on the expensive side but combines the toughness and lightest weight attributes to make it one of the lightest materials on the market.
- Fiberglass / Kevlar blend composite: When combined, the light weight and durable qualities of both the Kevlar and fiberglass materials create an advanced, durable, high performance boat.
Selecting a Proper Paddle
Choosing the proper paddle for yourself may be a little tricky because not all paddles are the same and we want to ensure your arms don't fall off. Here are a few tips and tricks that can help you to select the perfect paddle for you.
Is determined by the height of the individual and the width of the boat.
- Sitting higher off the water can require a slightly longer paddle.
- Sitting closer to the water can require a shorter paddle.
Is determined by the material used in the paddle’s construction. Generally the lower the weight the stronger the paddle. Some examples of materials used are:
- Carbon fiber
- Foam core carbon fiber
- Wider blades are for high angle paddlers.
- High angle paddlers like to keep their wrists higher while holding the paddle in mid stroke, giving them a sharper cut into the water which provides them with more power in the stroke.
- Narrower blades are for low angle paddlers.
- Low angle paddlers like to keep their wrists closer to the boat in mid stroke when holding their paddle, making it easier to go on longer journeys.
Want to impress your friends while out on the water kayaking? Here are a few terms you can throw around to do just that.
- Bow: Front of the kayak
- Stern: Rear of the kayak
- Deck: The top half of the kayak
- Cockpit: Compartment where the paddler sits
- Cockpit combing: Lip around the cockpit designed for attachment of a skirt or spray deck
- Back support or band: Fits against the small of the back, provides back support and aids in maintaining good paddling posture
- Thigh brace: Located inside the cockpit just below the cockpit combing, provides a brace point for the upper thigh for better kayak control and maneuvering
- Foot pegs: Located inside the cockpit, provides contact point for your feet and aids in efficient energy transfer while paddling
- Hatch: A compartment inside the kayak for the storage and transport of gear, usually watertight the compartment provides additional buoyancy for a swamped kayak
- Hatch cover: Fits around hatch combing providing water tight seal for the compartment
- Bulkhead: Partitions inside the kayak that create water tight compartments for gear transport
- Deck bungees: Elastic cords located on the deck for securing equipment on top of the kayak.
- Safety line: A static line (doesn’t stretch) running around the perimeter of the deck, usually of a reflective material, providing hand holds when in an out-of-kayak experience
- Tipping point: The furthest point a given hull can be edged without capsizing, this point differs for each kayak depending on hull form
- Scupper: Holes through the hull, found only in sit on top kayaks. Scuppers allow water to drain out that may otherwise accumulate when sitting still or when swamped by a breaking wave.
- Skeg: An aft extension of the keel (fixed skeg) an adjustable drop down extension of the keel that provides improved tracking ability by ‘locking-in’ the stern and controlling the kayaks tendency to turn into the wind (known as weather cocking)
- Rudder: Located at the stern, used to steer the kayak and helps ‘lock-in’ the stern. Stored on top of the stern deck until deployed. The steering feature is controlled by the foot pegs or by a handle near the cockpit.
- Toggle: Handles located at the bow and stern that aid in carrying the kayak
- Hull: The bottom half section of the kayak which is in contact with the water
- Keel: Runs the length of the hull down the center, a more pronounced keel improves tracking (ability to maintain a straight course)
- Chine: The region of the hull where the bottom and sides of the hull meet. A sharp angular intersection is called a ‘hard’ chine; the more rounded this intersection the ‘softer’ the chine. Generally the harder the chine the greater the initial stability and the softer the chine the more subtle the transition from initial to secondary stability.
- Rocker: The curve in the keel line from bow to stern, similar to the legs on a rocking chair. The greater the rocker the shorter the water line and the more maneuverable the kayak.