Depending on the structure, their usage and the sitting positions, Kayaks have been categorized into different types –
1. Sit-On-Top Kayak
Sit-On-Top Kayaks are usually made from plastic that makes them lightweight but they are tough enough withstand the rough conditions. Easily maneuverable, Sit-On-Top Kayaks are a hit among beginners because they stay steady on river and usually don’t need much intervention from the Kayakers to keep them afloat. So, if you want to experience the thrill of Kayaking for the first time, Sit-On-Top Kayak is the best choice for you.
With a little bit of training, you will easily be able to make it move around wherever you want and that means, you will be able to save considerable amount of energy. This will prove lifesaver for you if you are planning to paddle for long. Majority of Sit-On-Top Kayaks that are available in the market have enough room available for keeping your storage dry.
Easy to get on and off, Sit-On-Top Kayaks are ideal for deep water canoeing. Where the water is still like in a Lake or in a pond, they can prove extremely helpful. Sit-On-Top Kayaks are also immensely popular among kids.
Comparatively bulkier than their counterpart – Sit-In Kayaks, Sit-On-Top Kayaks have a unique mechanism integrated into them and that is – self-draining system. No need to pump out the water from the Kayak manually because Scupper holes will get it done for you automatically. Does not that sounds amazing?
2. Sit-in kayaks
Sit-in Kayaks are mostly made for recreational purposes. They are ideal for exploring water bodies, rivers etc. They are really good for paddling and the best thing for Sit-In Kayaks is that they can be moved around very quickly. During the winter, these Sit-in Kayaks can provide you all the comfort that most Sit-On-Top Kayaks are unable to provide. Spray skirts can be attached to it if you feel that the water is little bit choppy and there is a slight chance that the water might swamp the boat. In case, your boat gets swamped by accident, you can make use of a bilge pump to drain the water out.
3. Folding Kayaks
Accept the fact that most of us don’t have a mansion to live and that means, we need to find a Kayak that does not take too much space. Folding Kayaks can come handy in such cases. In case, you are planning to go to a remote place for kayaking, Folding Kayaks can prove useful. These Kayaks are lightweight but that does not mean that they can’t withstand minor scratches or impacts. Assembling these Kayaks is as easy as pie and if handled correctly, they can prove to be a great travel companion for a long time to come. Rain, snow or stormy weather, these folding Kayaks can be ridden by a true kayaker without trouble.
4. Inflatable Kayaks
Strong and dependable, Inflatable Kayaks are no longer being treated with contempt by pro Kayakers. Previously people didn’t use to take these Inflatable Kayaks seriously because they were mostly handled by kids on the beaches. In those bygone eras, Inflatable Kayaks were made from cheap materials and were unable to withstand even minor impacts.
But things have changed. Modern Inflatable Kayaks are made from finest quality and highly durable materials that give them the strength that they need to withstand even the worst climatic conditions. Be it paddling through choppy water or through strong currents, Inflatable Kayaks are the best choice you have. The main advantage of Inflatable Kayaks is that they are extremely lightweight and that means they can be lugged around for your weekend excursions easily.
5. Fishing Kayaks
Fishing Kayaks as obvious from its name are developed and designed in mind with the requirements of the anglers. There is extra room for legs so that you fish comfortably and a rod holder is being attached to it so that you can free up your hands whenever you want. Extra storage space is also available in these types of Fishing Kayaks. Drag-resistant design gives the kayak a much needed stability that this kind of activity sorely needs while not making any kind of compromise on the maneuverability of the Kayak.
6. Recreational Kayaks
Recreational Kayaks are designed for shorter trips on flowing rivers or on Stillwater Lake. The main USPs of Recreational Kayak is that it has a large cockpit area and also they are extremely affordable. If you are a first time Kayak Buyer, we suggest opting for Recreational Kayaks as they are pocket-friendly yet fun to operate. Get in and out of Recreational Kayaks is super simple. It does not matter whether you are a 40 years old grownup man or a 10 years old kid, maneuvering Recreational Kayaks is as easy as 1-2-3. These boats stay steady. Though made from polyethylene plastic, you would not find any issue with its structural integrity.
7. Tandem Kayaks
There is no point in spending money on two kayaks when a single Tandem Kayak can meet your needs. If you and your friend don’t have any issue sharing a single Kayak, you should purchase a Tandem Kayak without further delay. They are great if you are planning to go for a romantic excursion with your girlfriend. Offering better stability, Tandem Kayaks are also ideal for rescue mission.
8. Touring kayaks
Touring Kayaks are made to cover long distances. They are sturdy, robust and have all the strength to deal with rough weather. To deal with unpredictable wind and erratic waves, a skeg is usually attached to it. Touring Kayaks tend to have more space where you store things. The price of Touring Kayaks is on the higher side when compared with other types of Kayaks.
Arthur G. Moore is a veteran paddler. He has over 10 years of whitewater kayaking experience in his kitty. When he was young, he used to love kayaking in rapid III and rapid IV but as time went on, he decided to concentrate mainly on covering long distances on a standard touring kayak. He is currently working as a senior editor for Kayak Manual.