Choosing a Kayak

How do I buy the right kayak?

Choosing the right kayak for you isn’t as difficult as you might think. And we’re here to help. Before considering different models and materials, you need to consider what you want to do with your kayak. Are you wanting to head out for a couple of hours, or pursue day trips and weekend excursions? Or do expeditions appeal to you? There are kayaks designed with each of these activities in mind.

There’s a lot to think about when it comes to kayak design. Subtle differences in the beam, depth, length, materials, and hull design result in drastic differences to the feel of each kayak. The wider the beam of a kayak, the more stable the boat is. But if a kayak is too wide for you, it becomes hard to maneuver. An increase or decrease in depth can mean a more comfortable fit for a larger or smaller person. The longer a kayak is, the faster it goes, but with increased length there’s a decrease in manoeuvrability. Plastic, fibreglass, and kevlar are all used to produce kayaks and each one has their ideal uses. And the hull shape of a boat can mean the difference between a boat that goes quickly in strait line, a boat that’s very easy to turn, a boat that’s stable, or a boat that has great control.

The above explanations are just the tip of the iceberg. Please let us help you more. Contact us and we can match your kayaking needs and dreams with the right kayak for you. Feel free to visit us at our Granville Island location to try out a few boats. After all, we can talk about kayaks for a long time, but the best way to choose the right kayak is going out there and actually paddling it.

Here at Ecomarine on Granville Island, we’re happy to offer you year round kayak trials for most models. If your location is nowhere near ours, please send us an email with all of your particulars, including body shape, prior paddling experience, and future paddling dreams. We’ll help you narrow down the long list of kayaks to choose from.

For more advice please give us a call at 604.689.7575, email us, or visit us on Granville Island for some hands-on experience.

Why buy a kayak from Ecomarine?

  • Over 35 years of experience specializing in ocean kayaks
  • Dedicated and knowledgeable staff who paddle the boats they sell
  • The largest variety of premium quality kayaks in stock
  • A full selection of paddling accessories and resources
  • Demo kayaks at our waterfront location
  • Free lifetime warranty with every kayak purchased