If you are considering taking up kayaking as a hobby or sport the first thing you need to consider is how much you are prepared to spend on a new or used kayak together with the cost of the essential kayak accessories you will need. The next thing to consider is where you will store your kayak when you are not using it.
Not many people take into account the cost of buying all the kayak accessories which together will often be more than the price of the kayak itself. A decent set of paddles are not cheap and can cost from $60 to $500 or more. Also there is the cost of a life jacket, wet gear, gloves, paddles, paddle leash, dry bags, kayak trolleys and so on. The list is almost endless and before you know it you would have spent well over your intended original budget.
To keep the cost down it is well worth looking into the possibility of buying used kayaks. Kayaks are very durable and used kayaks will normally only have sustained superficial scratches to the hull through general wear and tear.
However you must check over any used kayaks for cracks, splits or punctures especially if it is an inflatable kayak. Furthermore always check out the quality of used kayaks when there is good natural light available.
Once you have purchased your kayak or canoe you will need to arrange for practical and accessible storage facilities.
If you have opted for an inflatable kayak then storage will not present a major problem as an inflatable kayak can be stored neatly away in a wardrobe, under a bed or in the attic. Before storing an inflatable kayak for any period of time you must insure it is completely clean and dry or there will be a risk it will develop mildew and ultimately rot.
Storage for a plastic kayak is not as easy as the inflatable kayak but that said depending on the size of the boat and the space you have available it does not have to be that difficult either.
If you have a garage or shed then the easiest way of storing your kayak is to hang it on wall bars. This will keep the kayak out of harms way and will provide the best way of storage as you will not be constantly tripping over it or having to move it to get to something else. Furthermore hanging your kayak on wall bars will ensure any residue water will completely drain away.
You can even buy a mechanical pulley system which will enable you to store your kayak in the roof of your garage. This has the added advantage of allowing you to store your paddles and kayak accessories inside the hull and makes it easier to mount on a roof rack by simply driving your vehicle directly underneath it.