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.