Why Choose a Sit on Top Kayak?

If you are buying a kayak, then you might feel a little overwhelmed by the choice you have on offer. With this article we will give you the three main reasons why Sit on Top Kayaks are a great choice.

1. Capsizing is less dangerous in a Sit on Top kayak.

channeladventure1Safety is our number one factor when it comes to kayaking. Beginners and children can use sit on top kayaks without the fear of being trapped inside the kayak if it rolls over. Instead, if they do capsize, the kayaker just falls off, and can swim back to hold onto the kayak. The kayak is really easy to get upright again, because of course, being a sit on top, it doesn’t fill with much water.
Always remember to wear a buoyancy aid when kayaking!




2. Sit on Top Kayaks are virtually unsinkable

With a wide, open cockpit, sit on top kayaks have a high initial stability. Combined with the fact that there is air between the inner and outer hulls, makes these kayaks virtually unsinkable. As a result, sit on kayaks are the obvious choice for fishing from. Our sit on tops are also self-bailing, which means they have small holes (called “scupper holes”) that allow the water to drain right through them.

3. They are more comfortable and user friendly

Sit-on-top kayaks have a few advantages over sit-insides, one of which is comfort. Paddlers with large body types, long legs, or limited flexibility may feel less confined paddling a sit-on-top. Sit-on-tops are the most user-friendly. They’re very stable, easy to get in and out of and there is no feeling of confinement on them. Because they are easy to slip on and off them, they are great for kids (and adults) who are a bit more nervous, or those who just want to paddle and swim at the same time.

4. You have more storage space in a Sit on Top!

dkYou can even take your dogs! Due to the fact our sit on top kayaks are so buoyant, weight is less of an issue. Make use of the dry storage hatches, elastic ropes and space between your legs and there is bags of room for your belongings. We would highly recommend our Fatyak Storage Pod, which allows you to carry more of your equipment in a dry, safe environment.

Now you have a few reasons why sit on top kayaks are a great purchase for all kayakers, new and experienced alike. We believe that sit on top kayaks really offer a great alternative for leisure paddlers to the closed deck kayak. For the reasons above we think it’s a no brainer really when purchasing a kayak!

With just a bit of research you can see that our sit on top kayaks are fantastic value for money, with no compromise to quality. Our smaller Surf kayak starts from just £219, the standard Kaafu kayak from £314 and our tandem Mahee kayak from just £446.

Why Choose a sit on top kayak?

An Adventure S Mahee in touring mode!

Our kayaks are all manufactured in Somerset, England. We use rotation moulding to create the kayaks, resulting in much stronger and durable products.  The kayaks are far less prone to cracking due to the fact there are no seams or joints. Our kayaks are very light (the regular Kaafu at only 20kg), with moulded handles making it easy to carry.
Our Adventure S Kaafu and Adventure S Mahee go one step further. They are made from an even lighter material with a higher tensile strength, perfect for the serious paddler.
We take our quality control and customer care very seriously and endeavour to produce great quality products with the best service.


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Happy paddling!


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