Have you always dreamed of paddling off to an island and staying overnight; far from the confines of roads and vehicle accessible areas? While this may be possible to do in a motorized boat, kayaks are far more adaptable vehicles. Many waterways do not tolerate the noise and disruption boats offer, so they are not allowed at all. Included here are a few of the major benefits offered by kayaks.
1. Access to Remote Locations
Kayaks are often allowed on lakes and waterways that do not allow motorized boats. These tend to be more remote, tranquil waterways that are untouched by humans. Many of these areas do not see much development or change because they are protected, so the views can be that much more breathtaking.
2. Ability to Navigate Shallow Water
Everyone knows to watch the water depth when you’re in a boat. You don’t want to scrape that hull open and begin taking on water. Shallow water is almost a non-issue for kayakers. You can slip along in two inches of water when you are in a hard shell. For inflatable kayaks, you may want to be more cautious due to the risk of sticks causing holes in your boat, but if the water is clear you can watch for any possible problems.
3. Opportunity for Better Wildlife Views
There is no sneaking up on an elusive moose when you are in a motorized boat. For safety’s sake, you may not want to sneak up on a moose regardless, but you do have a better chance of getting a glimpse of one from a kayak. Kayaks glide nearly noiselessly along the surface of the water, making them ideal for wildlife viewing. Because they don’t disturb the silt lower in the water you also have better likelihood of viewing fish, turtles or frogs.
4. Easily Transportable
Almost anyone with a vehicle can transport a kayak; and, as in the case of Christopher McCandless, anyone with a shopping cart! Kayaks are lightweight and can be easily attached to the roof racks on anything from a sedan to a suburban. They are the ultimate after work getaway, if you live in a place with a nearby river or lake you can easily strap on the kayak and head out to the water for a few hours. You will not have to buy a boat trailer which will add extra maintenance and cost to your water experience.
The amount of money you will sink into a boat is almost overwhelming. They will always need gas and oil and continuous maintenance. And if something breaks, your replacement costs are far greater than that of a kayak. Hard shell kayaks require little to no maintenance, the only upkeep may be licensure fees in some states; which can easily be as low as $12 a year. Considering that is less than one fill up in your boat, you will save a lot of money.