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What’s the Best Kayak for You

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Whether you enjoy kayaking for relaxation, exercise, nature watching, or even spending time alone or with friends, one thing is for sure: Hilton Head Island is one of the best places on earth to do it! Enjoying kayaking is the easy part. Choosing which kayak to buy can be confusing for some folks. No worries though; with a few tips from Outside Hilton Head, you’ll be hitting the water in no time!

Kayaks are generally divided into the following categories: touring, light touring, sit-on-top, sport and pedal-drive.In all of these categories, single and double kayaks are available.

Touring Kayaks

Touring Kayaks are the longest and narrowest of all kayaks. They are the most efficient, meaning that more of the effort exerted through the paddle will transfer into moving the kayak versus strain on your body. They have smaller cockpits designed to give you more contact and control of the boat. Touring kayaks have lots gear storage and are shaped to handle a large variety of conditions. If you seek the easiest and best performing paddling experience, consider a touring kayak.

Light Touring Kayaks

A light touring kayak fits right in between a sport kayak and a touring kayak.A light touring kayak is a shorter and wider version of a touring kayak, but longer than a sport kayak. This gives a light touring kayak with features of both types. It tracks well and has great stability.

Sport Kayaks

The sport kayak is a shorter, wider, kayak that allows for great maneuverability throughout the small creeks of our coastal marshes. It also has a larger cockpit that gives you easy entry and exit as well as a lot of room to move within the kayak. Sport kayaks are great for calmer waters and are usually a bit lighter that their longer relatives.

As in any other hobby, the more you know about it, the more you will enjoy it. At Outside Hilton Head we offer a full range of instructional opportunities that will allow you to get the most enjoyment out of your kayak! Contact us today to learn more!

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