24 March 2017!
Quality Recreational Kayaks are listed below on our website in order of length (shortest to longest). Each kayak offers a precise ‘Frontenac Outfitters Review’ with in-depth Boat Statistics, Performance Ratings, Video’s, and Canadian Pricing.
Recreational Kayaks ~ a Brief History
Recreational kayaks are designed for novices and lighthearted family fun near a home base such as a cottage or resort in calm, protected waters.
Shorter than Touring and Performance Touring Kayaks, recreational kayaks lengths range from about 9′ to 14′ for most singles, and 13′ to 15′ for doubles. Recreational Kayaks are wider and have flatter hulls to help maximize initial stability. And while extra width limits efficiency it better enables inexperienced & non-serious paddlers to comfortably enjoy the sport with little risk of tipping over.
‘Sit-in-kayaks’ have very large seating areas (cockpits), while ‘Sit-on-top kayaks’ offer open style seating. Recreational kayak seat systems are designed with comfort in mind and will accept a wide variety of paddler shapes, sizes and paddler weights. Recreational kayaks will usually have at least one hatch and bulkhead for convenient dry storage and added buoyancy. Recreational Kayaks seldom come with a foot-controlled rudder system or retractable skeg system, although it’s sometimes an option.
Recreational Kayaks provide the lowest level of build quality, buoyancy, safety & skills refinement than any other type of kayak. They are usually made from inexpensive, rugged but heavy roto-molded ‘Polyethylene’ (plastic), although higher quality, lighter weight Thermoform kayaks are beginning to enter this market segment.
Materials & Average Price Points
Polyethylene: $500 – $1200
- Dagger Kayaks
- Delta Kayaks
- Perception Kayaks
- Wilderness Systems Kayaks
Pros & Cons of Recreational Kayaks
|Large cockpits and added width accommodates a wide range of paddler sizes||Do not offer a ‘controlled fit’ due to large openings and wide beams|
|User-friendly & stable designs are ideal for new paddlers with hesitancy||Do not provide skills development for paddlers who want to learn|
|Lower price point vs. most other types of kayaks and are the most widely available||Have the least amount of safety features and outfitting than other type of kayak|
|Great for families with multiple users of varying skill levels||Least efficient with poor tracking & most affected by adverse conditions|
i) Buyer Beware, short, poorly designed and inexpensive ‘Box Store Brands’ seldom paddle straight, are tipsy, and offer very little positive buoyancy & safety.
ii) ‘IF’ a kayak is ‘NOT’ listed it’s usually because we have better choices! Call our experts; we will happily listen to your needs and then suggest some options best suited to you.