Buyers are sure to paddle their wares
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.