We stock kayaks from Eddyline, Ocean Kayak, Old Town, Perception, Wilderness Systems & KC kayaks. This includes boats from an 8′ Sit on Top to an 18′ Sit in (touring) kayak and everything in between. Some are made for cruising around the pond in your back yard, others are for covering some distance and/or camping and others for fishing – either the back waters of the bay or the open waters of the gulf. They range in price from about $450.00 to over $3,000.00.
Sit-On-Top (SOT) Kayaks
Often referred to as the SUV of kayaks, sit-on-tops are by far the most popular kayak locally owing to their versatility and stability. They are very easy to get in and out of and the sleeker models offer performance on par with traditional sit-insides (see below). Not only are they great for calm waters, but they are fun at the beach and many models actually surf (sitting down) very well! They are also great for both day paddling and overnight camping. Because they can carry a lot of gear and are the boat of choice for kayak fishing. Sit-on-top kayaks come in both single and tandem models.
Sit-Inside (Recreational) Kayaks
Sit-inside kayaks covers a broad range of boat styles from still water recreational kayaks to the sleek, speedy sea kayaks described below. A recreation sit-inside generally refers to a kayak with a large cockpit that is easier to get in and out of than a sea kayak. They generally are more comfort oriented, but not made for rougher waters since any water entering into the cockpit has to be pumped (or dumped) out. Not nearly as versatile as the Sit-on-top kayak, they are great for quiet paddles on calmer waters.
Kayak fishing is a huge sport locally and it is no wonder with the great fishing and secluded waters in the area. One mistake many people make when shopping for a fishing kayak is only considering boats that have lots of built in rod holders and are branded as fishing kayaks. The reality is that any kayak can be a fishing kayak and a stripped down model can be customized to your particular fishing style. Because we carry a large inventory of kayak fishing accessories and factory fishing boats, we can help you find that perfect fishing kayak no matter how you want to go about it.
Sea kayaks could be considered the Ferraris of the kayak world. They are sleek, fast, and geared for performance. An important aspect to faster kayaks is that they also offer great range and are therefore the ideal choice for extended trips that cover great distances. Most all have impressive storage and can carry all the supplies you would need for a great kayaking adventure. If you are considering a sea kayak, we highly recommend taking a self rescue course to help you be more confident and safe when you are out on the water, but most people find the self rescue training some of the most fun aspects of sea kayaking. If you are looking to take paddling to the next level, a sea kayak will open a paddling world to you that is limited only by your sense of adventure.