Make sure the bottom of the kayak is not cracked or split and that it has no deep gouges into the plastic.
Examine all the rivets, and make sure they are tight and that the sealing looks to be in good condition.
The handles are important if they are ever needed for a rescue. Make sure they are not damaged and are strong.
The kayak's seat must fit you correctly and hold you tightly in the boat.
When seated in the kayak, your feet should touch the foot rests, with your legs bent. Make sure the foot rests can be adjusted so you are correctly seated.
Kayaks are designed for a defined weight range of the boater. Before purchasing a kayak, ensure that your body weight falls within the operational range of the boat.
Article Written By A. Lee Lang
With a graduate education in both science and business, A. Lee Lang has been involved with search and rescue for nearly 20 years. Additionally, he has experience with the emergency services field and has recently been appointed as the SAR Editor for "Technical Rescue Magazine."