Kayaking: Different Kinds Of Kayaks

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Kayaking: Different Kinds Of Kayaks
With the many different types of kayaking come many different types of kayaks.  These crafts are specialized to meet the needs of each different type of sportsman depending on the purpose of their kayak trip. 

Sea Kayaks

These are primarily designed for straight line, peaceful water travel.  These kayaks are designed for long trips as well as with possible below deck storage.  Sometimes these crafts can be built to accommodate up to three paddlers.

Folding Kayaks

These seem to be the direct descendents of the original kayaks.  They are built with a frame that is collapsible and have a skin much like that of the first kayaks.  It is made of either a metal or wood frame that is collapsible and then has a skin that stretches over it to create the craft.  It is water tight and in most cases will also have a float so to speak in the bow of the craft to make it virtually unsinkable.

Sit On Top

This type of kayak is made primarily for the leisure boater.  This craft usually has a fixed rudder and a flatter bottom in order to promote stability.  It is meant more to be a craft for relaxation than taking on white water and waves.

Surf Kayaks

These kayaks are designed much like a whitewater kayak, except they have a flat hull.  This is so they will be able to cut into a wave much like a surfboard does.  In this kayak essentially you are surfing while sitting with a paddle.

Racing Kayaks

There are different types of racing kayaks depending on the type of racing that it is that you intend to do.  In most cases these kayaks are slimmer in design so as to allow the ability to cut through the water quicker and more efficiently.  Depending on the type of racing will depend on the waterline that it has as well as whether or not it will be equipped with a rudder.

Whitewater Kayaks

These are the traditional kayaks that many of us are used to seeing when we picture a kayak.  They are designed to be able to cut through the water as well as to be able to provide stability.  In most cases these boats will be thrown around so they need to both durable and flexible as well.