A Kayak is a small boat, which has a double-bladed paddle. Kayaks are also known as canoes, mainly in the UK. It has a deck, which is usually covered, one or more than one cockpits, and seating for paddlers. There are different types of kayak and to choose the best one, you need to know about the different kayaks and their functions.
What are the different types of kayaks?
What is a fishing kayak?
Fishing kayaks are specifically designed for those people, who love to fish. These Kayaks have the best accessories, which can be used in this adventure sport. There are rod holders, as well as coolers, and much more present in these Kayaks. They even have GPS receivers, lights and hatches, which are specially designed for the purpose of catching fish.
Sit on Top Kayak
Those who love to fish, have to choose between sit-on top or sit in kayaks. There are pros and cons of sit on top kayaks.
Inflatable Fishing Kayaks
Initially, inflatable fishing kayaks were assumed to be pool toys, but now times have changed. Technology has advanced and these inflatable kayaks are now used as recreational boats. Inflatable kayaks are better as compared to the hard shell kayaks on the market, in terms of performance. The best thing about an inflatable kayak is its light weight. Moreover, they are:
Tandem fishing kayaks are also called double kayaks; it is called so because it has space for two people to sit in. This means that two people would be driving the same kayaks, at the same time, which would shed the load of work.
Paddle and Pedal Powered Kayaks
There are paddle kayaks and pedal powered kayaks.
Pedal powered kayaks, as compared to paddle kayaks, do not make you feel fatigued while you cover a long distance. It is much easier to drive a pedal powered kayak as all one has to do is press it down by foot. However, paddling requires a lot more energy to get the Kayak moving so it is not possible to cover very long distances on a paddle kayak.
However, if something goes wrong with the pedal powered kayak; you might get stuck in the middle of nowhere, if there are no paddles available.
Pedal powered kayaks are more expensive compared to paddle kayaks.
Aluminum Fishing Kayaks
Aluminum Fishing Kayaks as the name suggests, are made up of aluminum and they can bear any weather, like snow and heat. This is the reason why most people who do not have a place to keep their kayaks, buy aluminum kayaks as they can be left outside. They last for a long time and are economical. They also have a high initial stability. However, an aluminum kayak is heavier than other types of kayaks.
A major advantage of an aluminum kayak is that it can carry a lot of load, as compared to other modern kayaks. Another advantage is that it does not draw a lot of water inside keeping the paddlers dry.
In addition to fishing kayaks there are also several other types of kayaks including recreational kayaks; while not specially made for fishing these types of kayaks can be perfect for the person who wants a dual purpose kayak. This is also helpful if you want/need a two-person kayak but only one person wants to fish.
The cockpits of recreational kayaks are large and they are different from sit-on-top kayaks. The cockpits have soft-chinned hulls and they are manufactured using rotationally-molded polyethylene plastic.
However, they are not good when the currents are strong. They also have a small storage area, which means you cannot store a large amount of fishing tackle or fish when you catch them if keeping them.
The physical description of a touring kayak is that it is between 12 to 17 feet long and the hulls of the kayak are shaped in a way, that it increases the kayak’s lift during the waves and rough water. There is also a tracking system attached to the kayak.
Pros of touring kayaks:
The special thing about modular kayaks is the fact that it can split into different sections. These sections would ensure easy transportation and this modular kayak can even fit in the back of your SUV. They are mainly used in day tours and you can even buy a second cockpit, so that the kayak would turn into a tandem.
As the name suggests, folding kayaks can be disassembled, folded and would fit into a carry bag. This kayak has a stiff frame, which is quite useful as it gives it a rigid structure. The performance of a hard-shell kayak and a folding kayak are similar. It might take longer to assemble the kayak in the beginning, but after you become familiar with the process, it would not take a long time.
To have a good fishing experience, it is necessary to choose the best Kayak. While choosing a kayak, consider their pros and cons as well as your fishing requirements.