Originally Posted by Krey
What do I need to look for when renting or buying a boat? I figure used boats will have scratches but how many is too many?
Don't worry about renting. Its thier boat and if you liked the boat just remember what kind of boat you were in.
What to look for? That could be a long list. Coloration. Make sure the boat has an even color to it. No sun fading or shiny spots from heat mods to the boat. Take a flashlight and look inside the hull. Look for cracks and deep wear around the contact points between the outfitting and hull. Make sure boat has all screws and bolts. Most boats can take a ton of abouse so look for soft spots by push softly on the outside of the hull in verious places. Stay away from boats that have been welded or repaired.
As posted earlier, no matter what boat you buy, no matter how soild the boat is, no matter how much research you do -you will want something different within a year OR you wont be kayaking any more. Thats just the way kayaking goes. Get a cheep river runner and start learning. Once you have a boat your oppertunites to try others just goes up. I am way more likely to let someone try my boat on the river than to lend it out right. Most kayakers will enjoy watching you get worked in thier boat! everyone is different and has thier own style. Trying different boats will allow your personal style to come out. Spend more time getting a comfy life jacket, paddle, helmet, dry top, and spray skirt. Those items will be around longer than your fisrt boat. Buy a boat that you can sell in a year and not take a big hit on. fun, fuse, type boat in the mid size. Small size boats are harder to move. Same can be said for large size too.