A Kayak is a small and narrow boat made of a light material only having a small place to sit in. The first thing to consider when you are interested in buying a boat is, what is your purpose for buying the kayak? For instance if you are looking to go on it just for a couple of times during summer, you might not want to invest large. But on the other hand, if kayaking is a serious hobby for you, there are different degrees of kayaks which can be bought all the way from the cheapest to the most expensive boats.
For early stages a basic beginner kayak also called the recreational kayak. A recreational kayak has a large cockpit which can fit in all sizes of adults and kids and it is really easy to get in and out of them. It is stable but relatively heavier than some other materials as it is made from polyethylene. The material is built thick enough to stay strong which adds to the weight.
As you progress in the techniques of kayaking, you might come across a touring style boat. Although they are made from a similar material as recreational kayaks, they are a lot thinner, longer and have different size openings. It is designed for more adverse paddling where you might take yourself out in more advanced conditions.
Some kayaks are hybrid between the above two. They will have large cockpits but would be incredible light in weight. The light weight attributes to the use of carbon light which is a thermal material.
Inflatable kayaks are mainly used for recreational purposes and they require air to be blown and this process can happen within a few minutes. As a result they are convenient, safe and can fit in a small family in its cockpit.
Kayaks used for white – water have to cater to a variety of paddling types from beginner levels to advanced, and they have to be light weight for good river running, surfing and creeking. Note that these kayaks are bought depending on the skill of the sport you have.
All in all, kayaks are great instruments for different degrees of recreational levels and family outings. Make sure to identify the purpose before you purchase one.