No need to worry about exhaust as you shoot through the rapids--deltoids burn pollution-free. But while your craft may lack a tailpipe, its basic materials (polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, and other plastics) have a significant impact on the environment. You'll be hard-pressed to find a worthy vessel made from renewable resources, so reuse and recycling offer the keys to greening your gear. Start your search for gently-used gems here:
The Boat People offers used kayaks and other gear, including a ten-year-old 12'5" Incept W38 going for less than half of its original $3,000 price tag.
Paddling.net has classified ads for canoes, kayaks, and paddling accessories, such as a Necky Chatham 18. At just two-years-old, it's in like-new condition and selling for $1,700. Want to check the stuff out before you buy? You can sort your search results by state and find items close to home.
Northwest River Supplies' Gear Swap specializes in equipment for budget boaters, letting you buy items outright or barter with other users. We found a tandem, self-bailing inflatable kayak with a well-done bombproof patch for just $650.
Once you’ve made your purchase, don’t forget to fill ’er up – with air!