Buy­ers are sure to pad­dle their wares

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - Front Page - - KYLIE McIN­TOSH

AS sum­mer draws to a close shop­pers should keep their eyes open for un­wanted sum­mer toys, such as wa­ter­sports equip­ment like kayaks.

The Ca­noes, Kayaks and Surf­skis sec­tion in

of­fers a host of sit-upon and sitin­side kayaks for sale at bud­get prices.

How­ever, it pays to know what to look for when buy­ing a sec­ond­hand ca­noe.

Michael Tay­lor man­ages Sun­shine Coast busi­ness Kayak Ware­house and says it’s im­por­tant to look for vis­ual signs of re­pairs.

“When you buy a sec­ond­hand kayak make sure you look for cracks un­der­neath and near the drain holes, re­pair jobs can be seen,” Mr Tay­lor said.

“Plas­tic kayaks aren’t very durable and will split when they hit rocks.”

Pre­vi­ously kayaks were made from fi­bre­glass but th­ese days they are made from a more durable form of plas­tic, Polyetha­lene.

“Polyetha­lene is not as brit­tle as fi­bre­glass; it’s more durable. But there’s an­other ma­te­rial even stronger than both of th­ese. Th­ese kayaks are thermo-formed and are much stronger and lighter than other ma­te­ri­als,” Mr Tay­lor said.

“ Thermo-formed kayaks are my best sell­ers par­tic­u­larly with women be­cause they are so light. For ex­am­ple, a three-me­tre Beach­comber kayak sells for $1200 and weighs just 13 ki­los.

“Be­cause the price of a new kayak is so cheap we don’t sell sec­ond­hand ones.”

Mr Tay­lor said prior to buy­ing any kayak buy­ers need to de­ter­mine whether they are go­ing to use it for flat wa­ter or ocean go­ing; whether they want to sit on it, or in­side it – which pro­tects the user from sun­burn; and the amount of time they are go­ing to be in the wa­ter.

Th­ese fac­tors will de­ter­mine the style and length of kayak re­quired.

“ The main thing is to check whether it’s had re­pairs be­cause like most things, you get what you pay for,” Mr Tay­lor said.

of­fers a range of both fi­bre­glass and plas­tic kayaks with prices start­ing from $250.

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