Kayaks for Sale
Here at Coast Outdoors we have a huge range of kayaks available to suit the needs of any paddler, regardless of experience. From recreational boats to explore your local lakes, to high-end touring kayaks for serious ocean expeditions, and even inflatable kayaks for easy storage and portability.
What Kayak is Right for Me?
Kayaks come in many different styles, sizes, and constructions and these factors all affect how the boat handles and what environment it is best suited for. So, with all these options, how do you chose the right kayak? Our knowledgeable staff can help you narrow down your search, so feel free to Contact Us with any questions. To get you started on your journey and point you in the right direction, take a look at the following information:
These kayaks prioritise stability and ease of use, so anybody can paddle them and have a blast! Being shorter and wider improves maneuvering and stability, so you can focus on enjoying your environment without worrying about capsizing. Recreational kayaks also typically feature more comfortable outfitting, with more cushioned seats, higher seatbacks, and a roomier cockpit area.
Day Touring Kayaks
When you're looking to go on short day trips and over-nighters, these kayaks are the way to go. Still very stable and maneuverable, however, these kayaks are longer and have much larger storage hatches in the bow and stern for carrying gear for your excursion.
See: Day Touring Kayaks
When you need peak efficiency and storage capacity, you want a full touring kayak. The extra length helps these sea kayaks glide and track much better, to get you from point A to point B faster and with less wasted energy.
See: Touring Kayaks
These are the ideal kayaks for many city dwellers due to the compact size for storage and transport. Inflatable kayaks are also great for hiking in to hidden lakes where you wouldn't be able to take a rigid boat. Incredibly stable and easy to paddle and they inflate in a matter of minutes.
See: Inflatable Kayaks
How to Choose a Kayak Paddle
Kayaks paddles, much like kayaks themselves, come in different styles, sizes, and construction types. The type of kayak paddle you choose will be based on several factors, such as your personal paddling style and intended paddling environment, your height, the style and width of your boat, and your budget.
Kayak paddlers typically fall into one of two (or somewhere between) categories with their paddle stroke: low-angle or high-angle. A kayak paddler with low-angle stroke will have a more relaxed technique, keeping their hands below chest-level and planting their blade at a more horizontal angle, whereas a paddler a with a high-angle stroke will usually have a more aggressive stroke, with their top hand coming up to shoulder-height and the blade entering the water more vertically. A low-angle stroke requires less energy and your pace can be maintained for a longer periods, whilst a high-angle stroke takes more effort, but generates more power and speed.
Your preferred paddling environment will also help you decide whether you need a low-angle or high-angle kayak paddle. Casual lake paddlers, kayak anglers, and long distance kayakers will appreciate the low impact of a low-angle paddle. Paddlers venturing into rough waters, surf, or just enjoy a workout will prefer the performance of a high-angle paddle.
Now that you have an idea of what style of paddle you need, you're probably wondering how to size your paddle. Low-angle paddles will be longer than high-angle paddles, and your height and the width of your kayak will also factor into deciding your ideal length. Some paddles have adjustable length options, so if you have multiple boats, or different-sized people will be using the paddle, an adjustable paddle is for you! As a rough length guide, see the charts below:
|Height/Width||Under 23"||23" to 28"||28"-32"||Over 32"|
|5' to 5'6"||215cm||220cm||230cm||240cm|
|5'6" to 6'+||220cm||220cm||230cm||240cm+|
|Height/Width||25" & Under||Over 25"|
|5'1" to 5'4"||205cm||215cm|
|5'4" to 6'+||210cm||220cm|
Paddle constructions affect the feel and functionality of the paddle. All of our kayak paddles separate into at least two pieces for easy transport and storage, however, some paddles separate into four pieces, which is ideal for use with an inflatable kayak as you can store the paddle in the bag with the boat when it's packed up, or if you want a compact spare paddle to bring on expeditions. The different materials used for paddle blades and shafts determine its stiffness and performance. On the more budget-friendly end you have nylon blades paired with a fiberglass or carbon shaft, then you move into fiberglass blades with a carbon shaft, and for the best performance and lightest weight you have full carbon paddles.