Inflatable / January 9, 2019 / Zurie Chandonnet
Inflatable Kayaks are Easy to Use What is easier than carrying your kayak right to the waters edge and inflating it with a foot pump within five to ten minutes? Most people have pumped up an air mattress at least once as a child. Then after it is filled to the appropriate air pressure set your inflatable kayak in the water and get in like any other kayak. You can straddle the kayak and then sit down. Or you can place your paddle across the kayak to brace yourself as you get in. Kayaks are very stable but with inflatable kayaks it can be much easier to get back in if you fall out.
You simply grab the cockpit of the kayak and pull yourself up like youre getting out of a swimming pool. This makes an inflatable kayak very convenient for snorkeling or swimming. Before getting back in it is easy to dump out any water that gets aboard. Some inflatable boats are even self bailing. Another misconception about inflatable kayaks is that they have very poor maneuverability. People think you would have very little control in an inflatable kayak. This isnt the case with newer inflatable kayaks though. Many of these inflatable boats have optional foot controlled rudders to make for easy turning without missing a stroke.
Then you have to drive to a road accessible ocean lake or river. Next you have to awkwardly carry your hard-shell kayak to the water. Hopefully the water isnt too far from where you had to park your vehicle. With an inflatable kayak you simply fold the deflated kayak into a backpack and you can go anywhere. Most inflatable kayaks are less than forty pounds in weight and some are even less than thirty pounds. They also fold up very compact once deflated. Transporting them in the back of your car is no problem at all. Then think of all the mountain trails you can take your inflatable kayak to.