8 Benefits of an Inflatable Kayak

There are many kinds of kayaks available to enjoy the world of water sports. However, none come close to inflatables in terms of price, size, portability, and ease of use. There are many benefits of an inflatable kayak to consider when deciding on what kind of kayak you want to purchase. This article will help to clarify these advantages.

There are so many benefits to getting an inflatable kayak

1. Ease of Use
Inflatable kayaks are incredibly easy to use in relation to other kayaks. They are perfect for people of all skill levels, including beginners. This is because inflatable kayaks are easier to maneuver than hard shell kayaks, due to their much lighter weight. It is an ideal kayak for a beginner to learn the basics of kayaking on due to the smaller turning radius. They can also be slower, making it easier to navigate.

2. Portability
One of the major disadvantages of a hard shell kayak is the fact that it takes up a lot of room, and you need a significant amount of space to store a kayak that is not in use. Hard shell kayaks are also much harder to move around, as when you want to go out on a trip with one, you must strap them onto a trailer or onto the roof of your car. Many people do not have these options available, or do not want to have to purchase a special trailer or car rack for hard shell kayaks. An inflatable can be deflated and stored taking up much less space. Depending on the size, it can be transported in the trunk of your car, needing significantly less storage space.

3. Easy and Simple Set Up
Inflatable kayaks need little maintenance or set up – simply attach a pump and let it inflate with air. They inflate in a short amount of time and are ready to go out on the water!

4. Stability and Safety
Unlike traditional hard shell kayaks, inflatable kayaks are safer because they are less likely to tip over. Because of the inflated sides and the flat bottom, it is nearly impossible for anyone to tip over from the inside. This makes them good options for fishing and other water activities to take part in from the inside of the kayak.

5. Durability
Inflatable kayaks are actually very durable water craft. Made of thick rubber, some are built to go white water rafting. This means that they can survive even the roughest waters with violent encounters with sharp rocks and logs. If a puncture or tear occurs, it can be easily fixed with repair kits (which are usually included with the kayak) consisting of strong adhesive and a rubber patch. Depending on the investment, inflatable kayaks can range anywhere from cruising on lakes, to navigating serious ocean currents. The higher the price, the more durable the kayak will be, but durability depends on the purpose that the kayak will be used for.

6. Flexibility
Inflatable kayaks are just as adaptable and flexible as hard shell kayaks. There is a wide range of inflatable kayak options – you can use them for fishing, leisurely cruising, whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, and various other uses. Depending on the use, they come in different shapes and sizes with various accessories. There are many various brands of inflatable kayak, each with separate options and accompanying prices. Inflatable kayaks can carry anywhere from 1 to 3 people inside.

7. Affordability
Inflatable kayaks are more affordable than hard shells, and this is often the selling factor for many customers interested in purchasing a kayak. Dozens of websites offer inflatable kayaks, with many of the top kayak companies offering inflatable options. Prices range from about $120 for the most basic option, to upwards of $800 for highly sophisticated, specialized inflatable kayaks. These higher end inflatable kayaks are strong enough to take out onto the ocean and are quite hardy. Additionally, some manufacturers have recently added an internal frame into some of their models to produce an especially seaworthy vessel.

8. Capacity
Depending on what you will be using your boat for, the capacity will differ. Some inflatable kayaks can be used for multi day trips, leading to much storage room on the boat. Fishing and hunting inflatable kayaks have more room due to the necessary room for tackle boxes and rods.

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