A kayak is a unique vessel that was invented by the Inuit people in Greenland. It was originally a vessel to be used by one person, the pilot. The vessel was used for fishing, hunting and for travel.
The kayak was built with an emphasis on making the vessel as navigable as possible. As such, the kayak is a relatively small vessel that is also very light. The original kayak was also made with a covered deck that creates a hollowed vessel that makes it very buoyant. The kayak is one of the most buoyant vessels. The covered deck can even allow the pilot to right a capsized kayak and escape drowning.
Due to their ease of use and their portability due to their light weight, kayaks have been widely adopted in recent times as ideal vessels for water recreation. Due to their ease of use, kayak can be used by people with all kinds of sailing experience or skill. Even small children of around seven years can manage a kayak all on their own especially in calm protected waters.
As more people are discovering kayaking, some people are appreciating kayaking so much that they prefer to buy their own personal kayaks. Individuals can hire kayaks for temporal use such as for a day or for a couple of days. However, this restricts the kayaker especially in cases where the kayak rental insists on the kayak being used on a particular kayaking site.
Kayakers usually want to kayak in different places and this can only be conveniently and cheaply done if one owns their own kayak.
There are cheap kayaks that individuals can purchase and expediently use at their own will. The best cheap kayaks for recreational use are inflatable kayaks. These are the best for recreational users who want to use them for simple water recreational activities. They are however not ideal for rough waters such as for white water kayaking in rough and fast rivers.
Inflatable kayaks are good for personal recreation purposes since they are very portable. An inflatable kayak can be deflated and folded to fit in a manageable bag. This can be easily carried around unlike the bulky hard shell kayaks. The material used to make the inflatable kayak is also very light as compared to the material used to make hard shell kayaks.
Inflatable kayaks can be used for fishing. They are however not very good when one needs to fish in waters that might have sharp or rugged elements in the water such as rocks which might damage the kayak.
Due to its relatively fragile material, inflatable kayaks cannot always be used with pets such as dogs which might puncture the material with their claws. However, there are some inflatable kayaks that are specially designed with a hard cover to allow for pets such as dogs.