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Kayaking Boats - General purpose

General purpose and cross over or hybrid kayaks are ideal for beginners or more advanced paddlers who want to get a variety of uses out of their boat.

As a jack-of-all-trades, the general purpose boat will not outperform a specialist kayak for any particular discipline (white water, touring, sea, etc). However it will be able to do some of everything.

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Your general purpose boat is suitable for taking out on a days touring but it'll be fine if that includes a little white water. Throughout the range of general purpose kayaks and canoes there are boats with different strengths and weaknesses, at A S Watersports you will find the experts who can guide you in finding the perfect boat that will give you the most enjoyment.

General purpose kayaks are ideal for beginners who might not know what they want from kayaking. With a good general purpose kayak you can try a little of everything and the boat will perform well enough not put you off on your first outing.

As with most other kayaks, sit on tops and canoes, general purpose kayaks come in different sizes per model and often in a few different outfitting specifications giving different levels of comfort and control.

One of our favourites is the Pyranha Fusion RT. A great all rounder that can paddle in a straight line, has a nice storage hatch for lunch, spare clothes or overnight gear. This crossover kayak was an award winner in Canoe and Kayak UK magazine. We use these crossover kayaks for our free taster sessions on Exeter Quay. Perfect for short day trips, a bit of light coastal touring and even some easy white water. A true all rounder.

In a similar style the Dagger Approach is a very stable general purpose kayak and perfect as in introductory boat for beginners or newcomers (newbies) going on lakes, calm rivers or canals. AS Watersports supply the Dagger Approach Club spec to outdoor centres, collages and hire centres because of its user friendly performance.

More river orientated kayaks such as the Pyranha Z:one rapid spec , or the Dagger Axiom Action spec are very responsive and great for learning skills, but are not so good for longer journeys.

A very general purpose kayak in a traditional GP style is the Big Dog Storm. At just under 3 metres long the Storm offers good tracking with user friendly paddling. A true general purpose kayak.

With general purpose kayaks you can use either white water kayaking paddles or sea kayak paddles.

We have a large range of demo boats available to try on the canal or to take away. Contact us to book a free demo.

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