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Frequently Asked Questions

Lifetime Product FAQ's


Originally, the term "FAQ" referred to "Frequently Answered Questions" and listed answers that had previously been offered by customer support representatives. Whether they're frequently asked, or frequently answered, we're here to help you with anything you need!

Frequently Asked Questions

What kayak is best for me?

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This will depend on a variety of factors and personal choices. Youll want to think about where you will be using it, what your goals are, your skill and comfort level, and youll also want to keep transportation in mind. Click here to read more.

How do I transport my kayak?

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Be sure to check the kayak weight. If you are going to be using your kayak alone, make sure it isnt too heavy for you to move on land or attach to your car by yourself.

Are the kayaks Coast Guard Certified?

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The US Coast Guard does not currently have a set of standards that apply specifically to kayaks, canoes, or paddleboards. We do follow and adhere to all American Boat and Yacht Club (ABYC) standards which address design items such as flotation, materials, rating warnings, and other buoyancy standards.

Are these kayaks recommended for whitewater use?

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No, Lifetime Kayaks are not intended for use in whitewater. Slow moving rivers and riffles are all right, but our kayaks are not rated on the whitewater I-V class rating scale. Whitewater kayaks are made with a different design to handle waves, holes, and other features. Lifetime Kayaks are recreational in nature and are not intended to be Eskimo rolled like a whitewater kayak. Recreational Kayaks are intended for flat water such as lakes, ponds, bays, and calm oceans. Slow moving rivers and creeks are also approved as long as they do not have swift currents or rapid features. Recreational kayaks are designed to be extremely stable and will most likely have keel or tracking channels to help with speed.

What is the difference between sit-insides and sit-on-tops?

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Both styles are equally stable and safe but they do have some differences. Sit-insides: This style kayak allows the paddler to sit inside the cockpit of the kayak. The seat will be along the inside bottom of the boat and your feet will go inside the kayak underneath the deck. Part of your body will be inside the kayak. This style boat is good in cold water and chilly weather conditions because, with the addition of a kayak skirt, you can seal off the lower half of your body from the elements. If you want to get out of this style kayak, you must first take it to shore. It cannot be drained or re-entered from the water. Sit-on-tops: In this style of kayak, the paddler sits on top of the kayak deck in a shallow cockpit area. Everything from the seat back to your foot rests will be on the very top part of the k...

Do you sell rudders for the Lifetime Kayaks?

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No, we do not currently sell rudders or rudder kits for any of our kayaks. Rudders are intended for much larger kayaks which we currently do not produce. Attaching a rudder to a kayak between 8-11 feet long will not make a significant difference and will require installation time.

Do I have to register my kayak?

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Some states require that kayaks be registered just like cars. Other states require registration for use in certain areas and some do not require registration at all. You will want to contact your states transportation department for the requirements for kayak registration. Generally, you will need the Manufactures Certificate of Origin that comes attached to you kayak for registration if required.

Where can I purchase accessories for Lifetime Products?

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Kayak accessories can be purchased in the Lifetime Store Online.

How do I adjust the seat backs on my kayak?

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The kayak seat backs are adjusted by tightening or loosening the attached strap similar to how you tighten and loosen a backpack strap.

There is water in my sit-inside kayak after use. How did it get there?

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Water can seep through screw or rivet holes, and it is normal to take on a small amount of water while kayaking. Sit-insides can get a bit more water due to splashing water from paddles or waves. We recommend draining the water out of the kayak after each use. Its also a good idea to check your kayak before each use to ensure your kayak has not sustained any damage and all plugs are in place.