Before You Buy A Used Kayak Or Paddleboard, Read This
By: Tony Acevedo on June 20, 2019
Are you looking to get a kayak or paddleboard?
New ones can cost up to $3,000, but you can often find great used ones that are in “like new” condition and cost much less.
However, there’s no Carfax for kayaks or paddleboards, so deciding whether it’s in good condition is up to you.
And to help you out with that, I’ve put together six tips for buying a used kayak or paddleboard.
Watch the video below and if you have any questions, ask me in the comments at the bottom of the page here.
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Tip #1: Test The Kayak Or Board On The Water
This is the best way to help you decide if it’s a good vessel for you.
Are you comfortable in it?
Does it ride well?
Can you lift and maneuver it on dry ground?
Also, you’ll get to see if there are any leaks.
Tip #2: Research The Kayak
How much does the kayak or paddleboard weigh?
Is it light enough for you to comfortably transport it over dry ground?
Remember, the kayak doesn’t get from the garage to the truck to the water by itself…
Also, what’s the weight capacity?
A good rule of thumb is to have a 100-pound buffer between the weight capacity and how much weight the board is actually supporting.
For instance, if you weigh 200 pounds, and you have 100 pounds of gear, that’s 300 pounds total.
In this case, you’d want a kayak or paddleboard with at least a 400-pound weight capacity.
If you overload a board it can be dangerous because it can cause you to sit low in the water and be unstable.
Tip #3: Check The Hull
When you go to look at the kayak or paddleboard, check the hull.
Here’s what you want to look at:
- Check the bottom and make sure there aren’t any deep gouges that could turn into leaks.
- Check the front and back of the kayak on the bottom. This is typically where most wear and tear will be, caused by dragging it around. Make sure the hull is not worn away from too much dragging.
- Check for any cracks or dents (which can lead to cracks).
- Look for discoloration. Discoloration can be a sign it was left out in the sun, which can cause the plastic to become brittle and crack.
Tip #4: Check The Scupper Holes
Check to see if there are any cracks around the scupper holes on the top or bottom of the board.
These are infamous areas where cracks and leaks can occur.
Also, carts that go up into scupper holes to transport kayaks are actually bad for them because they put a lot of pressure on the scupper holes, which can cause cracks or leaks.
So definitely make sure to check out the scupper holes.
Tip #5: Check Out The High-Pressure Areas
These areas include where you sit or stand, and areas where you would put a cooler or tackle box.
Over time, these areas may become weak and crack, so make sure there are no cracks in the kayak or paddleboard there.
Tip #6: Check The Hatches
Any place that leads to the inside of a kayak can potentially be a problem, so make sure to check any hatches.
Make sure the hatches aren’t loose, make sure the hardware that holds them on isn’t rusted or worn out, and make sure the seals are in good shape.
You want to make sure that the seals are soft.
If they’re stiff and corroded, they may need to be replaced.
If you’re looking to get a kayak or paddleboard, consider getting a used one.
People often buy them, find out they never use them, and then sell their barely used boards at a lower price than they bought them for.
And to make sure you’re getting a good kayak or paddleboard, do these 6 things:
- Take the kayak or paddleboard for a test drive on the water
- Research the kayak and it’s specifications to make sure it’s a good fit for you
- Check the hull for dents, scratches, cracks, and discoloration
- Check the scupper holes for cracks
- Check out the high-pressure areas, like the standing and seating areas, and cooler storage areas
- Check the hatches and make sure they’re in good shape
Have any questions about how to choose a used kayak or paddleboard?
Let me know in the comments below!
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