Need to Know: Sea Kayaks

Sea Kayaks

May 18, 2006
Outside Magazine

In the Store: Whitewater paddlers: If serious playboating's your thing, buy a boat that places you at the upper end of its recommended weight range. Sea kayakers: Consider the length of your typical trip, and be sure to get the cargo capacity you need.

In the Field: Dreaming of whitewater glory? A great boat can't make a great boater, but a great wave can. Head to one of the new school's hot spots, like Ottawa's Garberator, the New River Dries, or Skookumchuck. Unlike a sticky hole, even the biggest wave will flush you downstream in seconds.

At Home: Store your boat out of the sun; UV rays will damage it.

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