Inflatable Kayak FAQ's
Inflatable Kayak FAQ's
At River To Ocean Adventures, you can be sure that you are purchasing a quality kayak from reputable brands which includes the full manufacturers warranty.
Inflatable kayaks have come a long way in the last decade and we are pleased to be providing customers with quality brands that we know you'll love and can trust!
Unsure which kayak to choose? Hit the live chat button at the bottom of your screen, Take the Kayak Quiz or contact us here, and we will suggest the best kayaks suited to your needs. There is a kayak for everyone!
If you're new to this awesome activity, you may have a few questions. Below are some of our FAQ's.
CAN I PADDLE A TANDEM KAYAK SOLO?
Yes you can paddle most of the tandem kayaks solo. You may opt for a larger kayak to carry larger amounts of gear/fishing tackle. If you're particularly large, you may also feel more comfortable in a double. The seats are movable in most models so that you can position yourself more towards the middle.
Models which are not so easy to paddle solo are the Aquaglide Deschutes 145 (Because of the thwart/fixed back rests) & Aquaglide yakima.
WHAT IS A DROP-STITCH FLOOR?
A Dropstitch Floor is a high pressure inflatable floor that adds even more rigidity, as well a chine, to your kayak for increased hull speed and tracking performance.
This material allows inflatables to be built with flat surfaces that can be inflated to rock-hard rigidity. You get hard-shell performance along with the easy transportation and storage of an inflatable. What makes this possible? Tens of thousands of fine threads.
The process starts by joining two pieces of polyester woven support fabric with thousands of fine polyester thread lengths. This base material is made in strips from five to ten feet in width, and up to 400 needle heads may be used in the setup. Each needle sews a continuous, evenly spaced thread, back and forth between the two pieces of woven fabric, locking them together into an incredibly strong unit.
You can find our range of Drop-Stitch Kayaks here
WHICH PADDLE SHOULD I CHOOSE?
We have a wide variety of paddles to choose from. If you're limited with space, you may choose to go for the Winnerwell 4-piece paddle here. This paddle breaks down into 4 pieces.
If you're keen to fish from your kayak, you may find one of the Winnerwell Angler Pro Paddles useful. Check them out here
In the Winnerwell range, the average adult would require a 240 sized paddle.
Our full range can be found here.
WHICH PUMP SHOULD I CHOOSE?
Aqua Maria Kayaks come with a pump. For quicker inflation of these kayaks, check out the 12V 20psi Pump here.
For Aquaglide kayaks, the dual action hand pump makes for quick inflation. You can select this pump on the menu on the product page.
For quicker inflation of Aquaglide kayaks you can use a 12V pump. If your kayak has a drop-stitch floor then you will need the Aquaglide 12v HP Turbo pump or the 12V 20psi pump. If it does not have a dropstitch floor then you can also use the 12V Turbo Pump.
The kayaks are not compatible with bike pumps & compressors.
CAN I LEAVE MY KAYAK INFLATED?
Yes you ca leave the kayak inflated if you intend to use it frequently. Do not leave it out in direct sunlight when not in use.
CAN I TAKE MY DOG IN THE KAYAK?
Yes you can take your fury friends along for the ride! These kayaks do not puncture easily and it would take a lot more than their claws to cause any damage.
WHAT IS A 4-PIECE PADDLE?
A 4-piece paddle is a paddle that breaks down into 4 pieces instead of the regular 2 pieces. Ideal if you have a smaller storage space.
I AM A BEGINNER WITH A SMALLER BUDGET. WHICH KAYAK IS BEST FOR GENERAL PADDLING?
We have a range of kayaks which are more ‘budget friendly’ but still have a great quality/value ratio.
Aquaglide Chinook - 1,2 & 3 man options which can all also be paddled solo as the seats are movable.
Aqua Marina Betta - Comes as a complete package with bag, pump & paddles. 1 & 2 man options which can all also be paddled solo.
Aqua Marina Laxo - Comes as a complete package with bag, pump & paddles. 1,2 & 3 man options which can all also be paddled solo as the seats are movable.
Aquaglide Noyo - A very responsive 1 person kayak. Covered bow and stern for a drier ride.
I WANT A SUPER STURDY PERFORMANCE MACHINE FOR ALL TYPES OF PADDLING. WHAT WOULD BE THE BEST OPTION?
Look no further than the Aquaglide Chelan! This comes in 3 sizes and is one of the most robust kayaks on the market. The seats are movable so you can paddle the two larger models with 1-3 people.
The Tomahawk kayaks are fantastic for touring and all around paddling in calmer waters.