Weatherford’s generally stocks both sit-on-top and sit-in kayaks, mainly manufactured by Riot Kayaks, but we also stock kayaks from Perception.
What’s the difference?
A sit-on-top kayak allows the paddler to get on and off with no concern as to depth of the water. This type kayak is great for the summer, especially at the beaches where the water quality is better for swimming, and more appropriate for younger kids. Fishermen generally prefer this style just in case a fish on the line causes them to turn over. Also, this style is generally wider and slower, limiting the paddling range or distance.
A sit-in kayak has a cockpit that the paddler sits down in, with the legs protected. This style allows for a spray skirt that keeps water (or snakes and other creatures) out and is generally sleeker—and therefore faster. This allows the paddler a wider range or distance that can be safely covered. However, the paddler needs to possess some sense of balance and skill to prevent a turnover, which requires other skills to re-enter the kayak.
But depending upon the attitude, balance, and skills of paddler either style kayak can be fine even for a beginner.
In the realm of kayaking, there is not a perfect kayak that will do everything. You have to decide where you want to do most of your paddling—the rivers, bays, or the Gulf. This helps determine the most appropriate length. The time of year during which you intend to paddle also determines to the appropriateness of a sit-on-top versus a sit-in with a cockpit and an available spray skirt. Kayaks pre-outfitted for fishing are available in both sit-in and sit-on-top versions.
There are many other factors—including age, experience, and physical qualities of the paddler—which all need to be addressed before making an investment in a kayak. With a visit to Weatherford’s, we can personally discuss your needs and help you decide what type and size kayak you might consider best for you.
Some of the Accessories and parts Weatherford’s stock includes:
Kayak paddles by Aquabound (Touring and whitewater)
PFD’s (Personal Floatation Devices)...Legal name for the old “life jacket”
Whistles (like PFD’s, you must have one or face a hefty fine from the
Spray skirts (Touring and Whitewater)
Seats for sit-on-tops
Thigh braces for sit-on-tops
Paddle Floats for Self-Rescue
Fishing Rod holders
Deck accessorizing parts
Boat carts or totes
UV Protective spray