Common types of kayaks

Common types of kayaks and their uses

Published May 18, 2016 in Sports & Adventure

There are various types of kayaks depending on how they are going to be used, how one intends to transport them, and one’s personal preferences. Below we will look at some of the most common types of kayaks.

  • Recreational Kayaks

Recreational kayaks are used for recreational purposes. They are made for luxury. Recreational kayaks are made to be used in calm guarded waters and are easy to use. Since recreational kayaks are mostly used by inexperienced paddlers, they are designed to be stable when motionless. This is to make it easier for one to board and to provide stable conditions for anglers, photographers, or people who want to bask on the calm water.

Recreational kayaks are not suitable for rough waters or for fast motion. When they are in motion they become wobbly and unstable. They are therefore not fast and are not ideal for turning motions. They are usually made of polyethylene. Recreational kayaks are relatively affordable.

  • Touring Kayaks

As the name suggests, touring kayaks are suitable for traversing long distances and are suitable for rough waters. They are built with more storage space that can allow the paddler to go several days on water. They have bulkheads with sealed hatches that allow the kayak to float even if the cockpit gets flooded with water. Cockpits usually have a spray skirt to prevent water from getting in.

 Since they are better performing and more versatile they are more expensive than recreational kayaks.

  • Modular Kayaks

Modular kayaks are designed for transport and for storage. They are built with a tough plastic and are built for the performance of a hard shell vessel. Modular kayaks are usually made such that they can be snapped apart into two or three sections for easy transportation. They are used for recreational purposes.

An advantage of these kayaks is that one can add extra cockpits to carry more paddlers in tandem.

  • Inflatable Kayaks

These are usually simple kayaks made for recreational purposes. They are similar to huge sturdy balloons that can be blown-up to make the kayak. They can be inflated by foot pumps, hand pumps, or electric pumps. Since they use air, they have more buoyancy than any other kayak. Since they can be deflated, they are very easy to carry around.

Inflatables are however harder to move and hence slower.

  • Fishing Kayaks

Fishing kayaks that are specially designed for anglers (people who fish using rods and line). The kayaks are fitted with rod holders, coolers to store fish, and some even have a built-in tackle box. Fishing kayaks are built with a specially designed hull that offers enough stability to allow the angler to stand on the kayak and get a better view.

  • Whitewater kayaks

Whitewater kayaks are sporting vessels. They are designed to be used in rough rocky waters and especially in speedy flowing rivers. They are made of tough plastic that can bounce off rocks. The ends of the kayaks are rounded to allow for easy navigation in rapids. These kayaks are built for maneuverability and are much smaller than other kayaks.

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