Let’s say that you had a marvellous time when you caught up with friends this past summer. You went to the river, had a lovely picnic, maybe a drink or two, and later went out with your buddy in his or her canoe or kayak for a relaxing paddle in that marvellous afternoon sunshine. Now you’re completely dead-set on getting your own boat and taking to the local rivers as soon as the weather will make the conditions nice. Before heading out to the boat shops to purchase your own boat, you’ll want to know precisely what it is that you’re going to be doing. .
Knowing what you’re going to be doing in that new boat of yours is rather an important task.. For example, do you plan to take it down the way to the local stream for some casual summer paddling on a Sunday afternoon, or do intend to be hiking in remote mountains and need something that you can carry on your back and use when crossing raging alpine rivers and frigid, translucent mountain lakes?
If it’s the former then most you’ll probably not have to consider your decision carefully and the cheapest rubber dingy will meet all your aquatic needs. And to be honest, you don’t need to keep reading but can make your way down to the closest discount shop and buy the first rubber thing that tickles your fancy. But if you’re thinking about taking the boat into more inhospitable conditions like the sea and would like to own it for more than a single season, you’ll want to know more about your needs and desires and unfortunately you’ll have to be prepared to spend a bit more.
If mobility and the ability to take your boat on trips is important to you then you should consider getting an inflatable one. This may not sound durable, but there are a handful of manufacturers that produce top-quality, professional equipment that is lightweight and easily transported from place to place. The negative side of these boats is that they often require quite a bit of preparation that is required and you’ll definitely want to study the manufacturer’s recommendations on maintenance as rubber products can be sensitive to heat and sunlight if over-exposed.
If you reside in an area with lakes and rivers, however, or whatever or some other preferred body of water is and your intention is to stay quite near your area (and have the ability to easily move a large boat from place to place) then you might want to think about getting a more classic kayak that’s made of wood, plastic, or fibreglass. These vessels have the advantage of durablility and being capable of meeting almost any challenge.
At the end of the day, it’s important that you understand your needs, based on how often you anticipate using your boat, where you’re most likely going to be putting it into the water and the conditions there, and for how long you intend to keep it. Some can last a few months and others an entire lifetime. So be sure to know what you’re getting into before you spend a bit more.