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Eat the rich

Hey looking into getting a kayak btu don't know much about them. I want to use it for fishing mostly and camping so it has to be stable and be amble to hold some camping gear. Could someone give me info on what type to get and how much it may cost me ??
apex

Plastic kayaks are cheaper than fibreglass, but a good one will still set you back around a thousand (longer touring kayaks, not the type at Costco). I'd look on craigslists (check the States as well). I remember passing a "Western Kayaks and Canoe" on highway 1 at Abbortsford. Like a car, insist on a test-paddle. You may want to start off by renting and taking lessons at Rocky Point, Belcarra, etc. See what you want; a recreational touring kayak that you can take out on the coast, a shorter lighter one for lakes, or a really short white water one, etc.

There were a couple of vendors selling inflatable ones at the boat show the past few years. Some made of kevlar material, etc.

The longer the kayak, the more stability you'll get, they're easier to glide, and it'd be easier to keep going straight when paddling. Shorter ones are more maneuverable, lighter, cheaper, but are harder to keep straight. Look for "rockers", they're like the fin on the bottom of surfboards, helps you glide.

Wider kayaks with flat bottoms, hard chines (90 degree angles where bottom and sides meet) are more stable. Round hulls with soft chines are less stable but easier to roll if you flip over.

Add ons like paddles, rod holders, paddle cuffs, lifejackets, signaling device (ie. whistle, mirror), car rack, bailing pump, etc will add up. Factor these into the cost.

Cheers!

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