Frequently Asked Questions
Are the boats Coast Guard approved?
Why can't I use a larger or heavier motor than recommended for my boat?
The boats are rated accordingly by the NMMA, exceeding the maximum capacity in any fashion could result in a fine or summons. Using a bigger, heavier or stronger motor can also result in poor performance as well as damage your boat.
How long will a fully charged battery last with my electric motor?
If you are using your boat at top speed continuously you will have about 1 1/2 - 3 hours with your battery. If you use your battery sparingly and shut the motor off at your desired location you can get up to a week on a fully charged battery.
Can I test-drive a Buy-Kayaks myself, on the water?
Yes, you can. Our 180-Day On-Water Trial lets you try the boat, kayak or SUP on the water for a full 180 days. If you're anything less than completely satisfied, return it for a complete refund less shipping. Read our full return policy by following this link, www.buy-kayaks.com/pages/return-policy
Are Buy-Kayaks inflatable kayaks stable?
Yes. Buy-Kayaks Kayaks are very buoyant and are quite stable compared to aluminum or wooden canoes and kayaks because of their large tubes.
What happens if I bang into rocks on a whitewater river?
Buy-Kayaks Explorers are durable enough to use in Class IV whitewater where it can hit many rocks and branches.
Some water will enter the kayak when the valves are open. On a lake or flat, calm water, they should be tightly closed to keep water out of the kayak. Typically in Class III & IV whitewater the drain valves should be opened and tucked under the floor to allow water to exit. In Class I & II, it is suggested to keep the drain valves tightly closed.
Both models work great in calm waters, but the Explorer kayaks have larger tubes, flat bottoms and 16 drain valves so they are better suited for whitewater. The Fast-tracks have smaller tubes, a NeedleKnife Keel and only 2 drain valves so they are best for calm water use.
How do I store my Buy-Kayaks?
YES! If you're adventurous enough to brave the cold, our reinforced PVC kayaks, boats and SUPs can be used in frigid temps with no problem.
Although we provide both print and video instructions on how to fold your Buy-Kayaks please keep in mind that the instructions depict only one of many options for rolling/storing the kayak (most often the easiest). The characteristics of being an inflatable gives you the option to roll, fold or store it according to your specific needs. You'll want to pay close attention to how the valves, skegs and skeg base areas are folded as to prevent damage.
Where do I keep the battery for the trolling motor?
You can store the battery on the floor of the motormouth and transom boats. For the Paddle ski, Explorer and FastTrack, the side motormouth is used to place the battery on one side and the motor on the other side of the motormouth. And for the Fold Cat, the battery can be strapped to the aluminum cross slats.
The name Fold Cat originated from the words “fold” for “folding,” and “Cat” for “catamaran.” It simply unfolds to become a high performance catamaran-style fishing boat. Catamarans, or pontoon boats, are twin-hulled with usable space between the pontoons. Inflatables don't have hard hulls; air pressure inside makes them extremely rigid. And a fishing boat is one that’s specifically set up for fishing.
The twin hulls give it the stability you need to stand and cast. It sits relatively high above the water, giving you good visibility to spot prime fishing areas. It’s nimble, with a shallow draft, so you can go where other boats can’t. It has twin, 360° swivel seats and up to 4 rod holders. And you can row or power it easily with a gas or electric trolling motor.
The SE330 makes a great solo or tandem kayak, but if you have longer legs or are planning some overnight trips, the SE370, with 1 1/2' of more leg/cargo space, is a better option for you.