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Prepare for adventure in the open water with boats & marine accessories
Taking a boat out on the open water is one of the greater joys in life. Whether you're out there trying to catch a prizewinning fish, touring the sites on a river, or enjoying some fun in the sun on a quiet lake, boats can take your enjoyment to the next level. You don't have to be an experienced sailor to enjoy a boat ride. Boats are designed for people of all skill levels. Take a closer look at the many boats and marine accessories in our selection.
Kayaks and canoes
Kayaks and canoes are thin, lightweight boats that come to a narrow point at one or both ends. You propel yourself through the water using a paddle. In a canoe, boaters typically kneel or sit on a raised platform. In a kayak, boaters sit with their legs stretched out in front of them. Both types of boats are typically small in size, designed for a single person to carry on their own. Most only have enough room for a single person, but some designs allow for two people to ride at once. Because of the shape and size of the boats, they move easily through the water, and boaters can pick up quite a bit of speed.
Fishing kayaks are popular for recreational and sport fishermen. Anglers have a distinct different set of needs when on the water, and these kayaks cater to those needs. For example, anglers need storage space that's easily accessible while in the water and more room to move. Features for some fishing kayaks include pedals for hands-free propulsion, rod holders, and a sit-on-top design.
Fishing boats are designed exclusively with fishing in mind. They come in several different sizes depending on if you prefer to fish alone or with a couple of friends. Top qualities of fishing boats include stability, durability, and strength. Fishing boats don't fit neatly into one category, however. Small fishing boats include kayaks, canoes, and rowboats with modified features for fishing purposes. Larger fishing boats have features such as Minn Kota trolling motors, rod lockers, and outboard power. Before choosing a boat, determine if you'll be using it in freshwater or saltwater so you can find the boat that will withstand the environmental conditions.
Paddleboats are popular for recreation and exercise. Unlike previously mentioned boats that use paddles, oars, or motors for propulsion, paddleboats use pedals. Those riding in the boat pedal as if they're riding a bicycle, and this action propels the boat around the water. The boat isn't designed for speed, and the size and shape make them stable but difficult to maneuver. As such, paddleboats are best for the calm waters of a lake or pond. The ideal uses are for recreation and touring.
Many people avoid purchasing a boat because of lack of storage. Even small kayaks and canoes take up a lot of space in a home or garage. Inflatable boats and rafts solve the storage issues while still allowing people to enjoy time on the water. Inflatable boats come in all shapes and sizes and serve different purposes. They're typically made from a special type of rubber called CSM or Neoprene, which both offer durability in all types of water environments. Inflatable boats range in size from small inflatable kayaks to much larger inflatable boats fitted with outboard motors. These types of boats are cost-effective and space-saving options for people interested in owning a boat.
You'll need many boating accessories and other essential items once you have a boat. Safety should be top priority. Life jackets or personal flotation devices should be available and worn by all boaters while out on the water. Boat cushions are often designed to float in water to use as flotation devices in the event of an emergency.
Protect your boat from the elements by using a boat cover to block harmful weather conditions and UV rays from the sun. Some covers fit over the top of the boat to prevent water, dirt, and debris from collecting inside. For smaller boats, like kayaks, you can find covers that completely encase the boat and have a strap that makes it easier for carrying.
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