|By Matt Blundell|
You've just finished your first multisport or adventure race and loved the experience. You either had a kayak or sit-on-top craft provided or borrowed one from a friend. Knowing that this is the first of many events you have decided you need your own craft. After a little research you soon realize that there are many boats to choose from, short, wide, long, skinny, light, heavy, plastic, fibreglass, carbon/kevlar, sit in, sit on, two person, solo these are just a few questions you will need to answer in choosing a craft that best suits your needs. Where to start? I have tried to answer these basic questions below.
What events will you be aiming for?
Where do you live and where will you be training or paddling most of the time?
What climate do I live in and will I be training in?
Double or Single?
Plastic or Composite(fibreglass, kevlar, Carbon)?
Light or Heavy?
Tippy or Stable?
Who will be paddling the craft?
What size Paddler are you?