What is a Kayak or Kayack?

What is a Kayak or Kayack?

A kayak or what some refer to as a kayack is a small, narrow watercraft which is typically propelled by means of a double-bladed paddle. The traditional kayak has a covered deck and one or more cockpits, each seating one paddler. Kayaks There are different types of Kayaks and they are classified in different ways. These classification range from the material that the kayak is made from, where you sit, and shape and size of the kayak.

The first kayaks were made by hunters, who used them on lakes, rivers, and waters in the coasts of seas and oceans. Kayaks were originally made from different animal skins – of wood and on the skeleton of a whale. The age of the kayak is thought to be close to 4000 years.

Kayaks are noiseless and give the user a unique advantage to experience the outdoors in a unique way so they can experience mother nature without disturbing the wildlife. There are some key elements in a kayak that you should know before choosing a kayak. 

There are different kind of kayaks and they range in different categories depending on the purpose or use of the kayak. 

Kayak categories Include:

  • Recreational Kayaks
  • Day Touring Kayaks
  • Touring Kayaks
  • Specialty Kayaks
  • Folding Kayaks
  • Inflatable kayaks
  • Tandem Kayaks
  • Pedal Powered Kayaks

The materials that kayaks are made out of range from polyethylene plastic, ABS plastic, and other composites.

Kayak considerations include:

  • Weight Capacity
  • Kayak Length
  • Kayak Depth
  • Kayak Width
  • Skegs, tracking fins, and rudders
  • Seats
  • Cockpit Size
  • Hatches

The next step is to choose the type of kayak that is best suited for you which will be in our next article.

Jul 10th 2019 Ted Foster

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