Choosing a Kayak

How to Select the Right Kayak

Choosing the right kayak for you is not as difficult as you might think. And we are here to help. Before considering different models and materials, you need to consider what it is 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 is a lot to think about when it comes to kayak design. Subtle differences in the beam, the depth, the length, the materials, and the 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 is 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 is very easy to turn, a boat that is 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 are happy to offer you year round kayak trials for most models. If your location is no where hear ours, please send us an e-mail with all of your particulars including body shape, prior paddling experience, and future paddling dreams, and we will help you narrow down the long list of kayaks to choose from. For more advice please give us a call at 604.689.7575, e-mail us or visit us on Granville Island for some hands-on experience.

The Advantages of Purchasing a Kayak from Ecomarine:

  • Over 35 years of experience specializing in ocean kayaks
  • Dedicated & knowledgeable staff that 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
  • With every kayak purchased you get a free lifetime warranty