What Is Sea Kayaking?

Inuit developed kayaking many years ago as a means of hunting. Now kayaking has become a part of the Olympics. Sea kayaking is a paddling sport on open water of ocean, lake, or bay. Sea kayaks are small boats whose deck is covered. They have the ability to incorporate a spray deck. Sea kayaks are used for marine journeys. One, two, or three paddlers can accommodate in it along with space for food, water, camping gear, and other things. Sea kayaking is also known as ocean kayaking.

Design Of Sea Kayaks

The latest sea kayaks are available in various sizes, designs, and material suiting to the needs of users. Modern kayaks have features of traditional kayaks, but rigid and folding kayaks are somewhat different.

Sit On Top Kayak: these boats do not have an enclosed cockpit but have features of other sea kayaks.

Recreational Kayaks: these boats have large cockpits and wide beams.

Surf Skis: these boats are long and narrow and are used in breaking waves.

Inflatable kayaks: these boats have rigid frame with inflatable sponsons.

Size Of Sea Kayak

The size of sea kayak varies between 12 and 24 feet long. The width of kayaks ranges between 18 and 28 inches. Some boats, like surf skis, may be narrower. The kayak length affects both the cargo capacity and the tracking ability of the kayak. Tracking ability is the ability with which the kayak travels in a straight line. It is easy to paddle a long kayak but difficult to turn it. The kayak width affects the capacity of cargo (for both paddlers and gears), the maximum cockpit size, and the stability (which, to a certain degree, depends on the hull design).

Material Used

Hardshell kayaks are now made from polyethylene, fiberglass, Kevlar, carbon fiber, royalex (exotic materials), and plywood (hand-made system). Skin kayaks are made from wood or aluminum frames covered with Dacron, canvas, or other fabrics, along with inflatable tubes known as sponsons.

Bow, Stern And Deck

There are several design approaches for the bow, deck, and stern of a kayak. Kayaks with upturned bows aim to achieve better wave shedding ability and better wave performance. Others achieve this through the bow’s increased buoyancy. Unobstructed-stern-deck kayaks ease types of self-rescue. A sea kayak has one or more hatches to easily access the internal storage space of the kayak. Kayak decks have attachment points for deck lines as an aid in self-rescue.

Apart from this, sea kayaks may have a rudder or a skeg, a form of tracking aid and steering gear. Usually, rudders are attached at the stern and operated through wires. Skegs are straight blades that are used for straight paddling against wind.

A Guide to Kayaks For the Beginners

Kayaking is an enthralling experience for the ones who know all about it. However, for the beginners the story is a little different. Choosing a kayak is the first step before you can start kayaking. As there are different types of kayaks available today, such as fishing kayaks, leisure kayaks and surf play kayaks, it is important to understand which one would suit you best. The type of usage can is the main consideration here.

It is also important to understand the materials used for making kayaks, as it helps in determining the safety and ease of kayaking. Once decided, you can choose the related equipment and start kayaking. It is not just important to be able to use the kayak but it is equally imperative to learn how be to be safe while you are using the kayak.

The best and the most preferred type of kayak is the fishing kayak. It is considered to be fashionable and extremely favorable for everyone, especially for the beginners. Fishing is a good pastime and kayaking is also convenient to get into the areas of fishing without feeling very scared about it. You can find two different types of fishing kayaks today – the one on which you sit on the top, and the other that has a cockpit. Both of these are comfortable and extremely exciting to be used.

Kayaks with cockpit are generally preferred as you get a separate sitting area. With these kinds of kayaks, though, it is important to realize that water oftentimes does get into the boat. If you’re sitting in the cockpit area, there’s a good chance that you’ll end up wet.

Kayaks without cockpit are equally beneficial considering the fact that you can conveniently move your body and reach out to the shallow water to find fish. If you are a water lover and you want to spend hours in the water, these kayaks can be the perfect choice for you.

Leisure kayaks are also great for starters. As the name suggests, leisure kayaks are meant for leisure moments and they have been tailored to live up to their name. These kayaks usually have additional compartments for luggage and food allowing their owner to stay on the water for days at a time touring from place to place. These kayaks are preferably used on calm water.

Kayaks are the ultimate form of fun transportation for people who love water and fishing. With more modernized and innovative designs and creativity, more and more kayaks have been developed these days to take you on a ride and to maintain your safety as well. Unlike in the past, today’s kayaks are much safer and competent to give you a leisure time amidst the calm waters. You can relax and spend your time without worrying about your safety as the kayaks are well crafted to provide you a thrill without endangering your well-being.

Choose and kayak and start your kayaking session today. You’ll love it!

Best Fishing Kayak Reviews: A Fishing Kayak Checklist

You are ready to hit the water and get some of that much needed time out and, hopefully, fresh fish for dinner. If you are like me, no matter how often you set out and no matter how well you pack, you will find that you have forgotten a much needed item. You resolve that next time, it will be the first item on the list… only to find that another important item has been forgotten. Here is a partial checklist of the items you will need and some important considerations when outfitting your fishing kayak.

How you outfit your fishing kayak and how you pack will depend upon the type of fishing you are doing and the conditions you will encounter. Small streams and lakes require different considerations than offshore big game fishing for instance. Due to the limited storage on the kayak and the number of items you need (as well as the large amount of fish you will be returning with of course) you will need to outfit carefully- not only for your enjoyment but your very safety may depend upon it.

Whatever type of fishing you intend to do, kayak fishing has some unique considerations as the space is so limited upon a kayak. Which items do you access most frequently? It will be important to prioritize these items that you need to access most frequently, and have them within easy reach. Some anglers like to keep it simple and carry the minimal amount of gear: some like to carry anything that they might possibly need. There are some basic accessories that can increase the fish-ability of a kayak, or make it more angler-friendly.

We have covered fishing kayaks in other review posts so will here assume that you have chosen the kayak that best suits your needs and you are ready to continue. Also assumed is that you, more than anyone, know what you prefer for fishing gear… so, given the kayak and the fishing gear- what more will you need?

At first glance, it seems you will need little more than your fishing gear and the kayak. When I first discovered the pleasure of kayak fishing, I was so anxious to hit the water for a few hours of calm that I did not consider the safety items which were at the top of any outfitting list I checked. One eve though, as the days were getting shorter, I found myself returning in the dark across boating lanes… I had forgotten a flashlight- well, forgotten is probably not the right word- I deliberately ditched it that morning as the batteries needed to be replaced and I thought “I don’t need this, I am going to be home well before dark”… so I found myself frantically striking matches as I heard motorboats approach and shouting out my presence… to which I heard angry voices in the dark responding: “get out of the water you dang fool”…

After that, I have developed and printed out a checklist. I tack it to the wall of my garage in multiple copies and physically check off each of the items as they are packed. I will not assume you are as unorganized as I am but, in speaking with others, I frequently hear tales of excursions that are notable by what items were left behind.

I have shared my developed list and hope you find it useful. Add your own items and share it with friends. Please do not skip the safety items. Due to their importance, I list them first. I look forward to seeing you on the waters.

KAYAK FISHING CHECKLIST:

Before you even pack the Car:

Fishing License in a dry bag (depending on state requirements)
Boat Registration in a dry bag (depending on boat and state requirements)
A Float Plan

Safety:

Life Jacket (Personal Flotation Device or PFD)
VHF Radio
GPS and/or Compass GPS, compass, and a map
Phone (fully charged and in a dry bag)
Flashlight (w/fresh battery and in a dry bag)
Extra batteries (for radio, flashlight, and GPS)
Lighters/Matches
First Aid Kit
Whistle
Pliers/Knife
Rope
Water
Food

Kayak Gear:

PFD
Paddle/Paddle Leash or extra paddle secured to kayak
Seat
Seat cushion
Rod Holders
Anchor
Drift Chute (Drift Sock)
Stake out Pole
Bilge Pump
Kayak Trolley
Drybags
Bungees and/or tie downs
Fishing Gear:

Rods
Rod Leash
Reels
Knife
Bait
Tackle box with tackle
Extra Line
Needle nose pliers
Fish clip
Crate or bait tank
Gaff and/or net
Sabiki Rig
Bait Tank

Clothing Etc:

Wetsuit/Waders/Splashwear
Extra Clothing (stored in a dry bag)
Hat or visor
Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Binoculars
Fishfinder
Camera (waterproof or minimal in a dry bag)
Fish finder
12v battery (to power the fish finder)