Buying a kayak is a thrilling experience but don't forget there is more to it than meets the eye with hundreds of accessories, propulsion options and transportation considerations. Here are a few tips to help you get through the process. At this point, we assume that you have already chosen your kayak, if not contact us or visit our store so we can guide you through the process.

  • Transportation - One of the most common mistakes consumers make when buying a kayak is not considering how they will be transporting. Most kayaks these days weigh in at over 75lbs with some reaching 100lbs. If you plan to pick up from our store, be sure you are able to lift a kayak or bring a friend to assist you. In addition, you need to make sure you vehicle is well equipped with a rack system or a truck bed long enough to accommodate a kayak. We don't sell kayak racks at this time but we recommend Malone, Yakima and Thule. At the minimum you should obtain a set of crossbars if you don't already have them or use a truck or trailer. Speaking of trailers, we do offer a budget trailer and a kayak cart for easy transporting to and from your vehicle here. We also offer straps so that you can tie down your own kayak.
  • Safety First - Do you have a PFD (Life Vest)? We offer a few but any will do as long as it is US Coast Guard approved. A flag on a pole is always a great addition as well and if you plan to fish at night, at the minimum get a 360 light. Shop PFDs & light options. First aid kits and a whistle are must haves as well. Be sure to check with local laws.
  • Propulsion - A paddle, you can't go anywhere without it. Even if you are buying a kayak with a pedal drive system or motor, you'll want a paddle for those hard to reach areas or in case of an emergency. Make sure you size correctly, ask an associate to assist you. If buying a kayak with a motor, make sure you look at batteries, so many options out there but once again, happy to help you. Shop all paddles here.
  • Fishing Gear - If you plan to fish, you'll find that almost all kayaks we sell are already rigged for fishing but you may want to expand based on your goals. We offer a variety of rod holders, fish finder mounts, fish bags, crate bags with rod holders and much more. Don't over do it but make sure you are prepared to have enough mounting options and storage for all your gear. Shop all fishing gear here.
  • Licensing and Registration - Laws vary by state but if you plan to mount a motor, be sure to request an MSO (Manufacturers Statement of Origin) and bill of sale or invoice receipt. Some states require registration whether you plan to use a motor or not. Be prepared, the process can take some time.
  • Dry Storage - Kayaking and kayak fishing are watersports and you and your gear will get wet. No matter how stable your kayak, water will eventually make its way in either through splash or waves. Keep your dry gear dry with a dry bag or crate. Also be sure to get yourself a cooler to help keep your food and beverages cold while your catch stays fresh!!

We hope this helps but if you have questions, never hesitate to ask by contact us here