Which Kayak Is Right For Me?

If you are new to kayaking, knowing the type of kayak to purchase can be a bit confusing.  But, if you know where you plan to kayak along with how you would like to use your kayak, making the right choice is a lot easier.  Kayaks have two main body styles, sit-on or sit-in and can either be modestly outfitted or have features such as dry storage, fishing rod holders, pedal drives, or even trolling motors with autopilot.  Often, the first question we hear from customers is, “should I get a sit-on-top kayak, or a sit-in kayak”?  Let’s talk differences!

Should I get a sit-in kayak or a sit-on-top kayak?


What are the pros and cons of a sit-on-top kayak?

Oh yes, the question we hear often.  It really depends on how and where you are going to use your kayak and if you want to get wet!  Sit-on-top kayaks are ideal for casual use in warm sheltered water and often used when swimming, diving and fishing.


 Pros of a sit-on-top kayak

  • Sit-on-top kayaks are the most user-friendly
  • They are very stable
  • Easier to get in and out of
  • They will not fill with water
  • Great for nervous paddlers

Cons of a sit-on-top kayak

  • Guaranteed to get wet while paddling, (this may be a pro to you!)
  • Sit-on-top kayaks are heavier
  • Takes more energy to paddle


What are the pros and cons of a sit-in kayak?


Though they are similar, the traditional sit-in kayaks are still the most popular, although sit-on-top kayaks are gaining popularity.  Sit-in kayaks are ideal for cooler water, paddlers who don’t want to get wet and those who want a faster ride.


Pros of a sit-in kayak

  • You have a lower center of gravity for better stability
  • They glide through the water faster
  • With a proper cockpit cover, your lower extremities remain dryer
  • They tend to be lighter to carry

Cons of a sit-in kayak

  • They are harder to get in and out of
  • If you capsize, they can fill with water
  • Getting back in is more difficult in deep water


Does the length of the Kayak matter?

When deciding the length of your kayak, it is the general rule that the longer and narrower the kayak is, the faster it will travel and the wider the kayak is the more stable, but slower it will be.

If speed is what you are looking for, look at the longer and narrower kayaks.  Is speed is not important, you are a beginner, plan on fishing out of it? Would you just like to have at the lake for anyone to use, we would suggest choosing a shorter, wider kayak.

The length of the kayak for some of our customers is also dependent on their body height and weight.  The right size of kayak for your weight is one with a maximum capacity rating that is about 125 pounds more than your body weight.


Should I buy a Pelican And Old Town Kayak?

At St Croix Dock, we carry both Pelican and Old Town kayaks, and we can help you decide which one will fit your style!  Whether you are looking for just a fun recreational time, fishing or the more serious adventurous type, we have a kayak for you!

Old Town kayaks are made from one mold, built out of very high-grade plastic with a compound blend of polyethylene that is layered three times to make one of the most durable plastics. These are some of the toughest and light weight kayaks on the market!

Pelican kayaks are made from a two-part mold, pieced together and built out of a high-grade polyethylene that is layered three times to make it durable as well.  While Pelican chose a cost-effective way to build, their Kayaks are very well made with a great price point.

We are noticing that all recreational product sales are trending higher than normal again this year.  We are being advised by our manufactures that with the high demand in product and manufacturing constraints, they will not be able to fulfill additional orders for dealers more than likely this year.  With that said, whether your buying a kayak from our company or others, we suggest not waiting and purchase while you have a great selection.  At St Croix Dock, our staff can help with all your kayak needs and paddles…. Oh yes, don’t forget your paddle!  Stop in or give us a call today to buy a kayak!