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If you find yourself in the market for a kayak that you only plan to paddle a few times in the summer, then you might not be interested in a larger investment. If that is the case, then you are definitely in the market for a recreational kayak.
But if you find, which we bet you will, that you thoroughly enjoy kayaking, then you may want to explore some other types of kayaks. If you're interested in some extended, overnight trips, then you'll want to check out touring kayaks, also known as sea kayaks or ocean kayaks. There are many types of kayaks, from inflatable kayaks or folding kayaks to sit-on-top kayaks.
Two important factors you'll be thinking of are price and weight. You will find right away that the degree of cost as well as the weight of the boat varies and that's for a number of reasons including different kayak materials and the construction and design involved.
Our tendency is often to buy the least expensive boat possible to get into the water. And for some cases, that'll be the boat that you stay with forever. But experienced kayakers will tell you that, after a summer or two of paddling that first boat, you'll realize that you want to paddle more often and in more places, and you'll be ready to replace that first boat or buy another. This is why it's important to ask yourself the question of, "What do I see myself doing with this kayak?" to think ahead and try to find the right boat to fit your needs now and in the future.