Whether you're paddling around a lake or up the coastline, kayaking
offers the opportunity to explore, exercise and catch some sun.
When choosing a new kayak, the main factors you'll need to consider
are location, use, and fit. We carry both touring boats and
recreational boats upstairs in our boating department. Touring
kayaks are meant for longer trips and are broken up into two
categories: touring and day touring. Recreational boats are for
shorter trips not far from the shore and for beginner kayakers. No
matter what type of kayak you're looking for, we recommend talking
to an expert, who can help narrow down the variables to find the
perfect boat. Here are some guidelines to help you figure out what
type of boat matches your paddling style.
Excursion on the Hudson River -
If you are going on a paddling trip for more than a day, such as an
overnight camping excursion or a tour, you will want a touring
kayak. These are the longest kayaks, offering more storage space
and allowing more speed. All touring boats come with either a
rudder or a drop-down skeg. The rudder helps you when turning, and
the skeg helps with tracking, or staying straight for long periods.
We recommend the S18 by Stellar. This boat is 18 feet long and
weighs 39.9 pounds, making it an incredibly light kayak for its
length. It is constructed of fiberglass and Soric, which gives the
boat rigidity and structure. The angle on the side of the boat
(called the chine) is very soft, and this rounded design offers
less resistance, making it a much faster boat.
Paddling out to Cockenoe or Shea Island - Day Touring
If you want to spend the afternoon out on the water, you will want
to be in a day touring boat. These boats are usually shorter than
touring boats, but still longer than recreational boats to help you
maintain some speed. Day touring kayaks have enough storage space
to carry everything needed for a day on the water. The Eddyline
Samba is an excellent day touring kayak, with a comfortable seat
providing lumbar support. It has a drop down skeg and a harder
chine, which makes it more stable. It is just under 14 feet long,
offering enough length to give you some speed on your day trip.
Playing around on Candlewood Lake - Recreational
If you are looking for a boat to take out on the lake for a couple
hours or to paddle around at the beach, you're in the market for a
recreational kayak. Recreational kayaks are stable, comfortable,
and usually shorter, making them easier for a beginner. Some
recreational kayaks are sit-on-tops, which leave your legs
uncovered, making them easy to board and good for catching some
sun. The Frenzy from Ocean Kayak (pictured below) is a very popular
sit-on-top kayak. It's 9 feet in length and 31 inches wide, making
it very stable and easy to navigate. If you're looking for a basic,
cockpit-style recreational boat, we recommend the Dagger Zydeco.
This boat is perfect for beginners and for teaching your kids; it
comes in 9 and 11 feet, which can fit just about anyone.
If you are interested in a kayak but would like to test it out
first, ask a staff member about our demo pond! We offer customers
the opportunity to test boats on the pond to help you decide which
one you like best. The boat department staff here are avid kayakers
and can't wait to share their expansive knowledge with you!
We carry kayaks from Stellar, Wilderness Systems, eddyline, Necky,
Dagger, Venture, Perception, Ocean Kayak, and Old Town.