Kayaks are one of the most versatile boats in the world. They have evolved from simple rowboats to powerboats, and back to simple kayaks again. While you might be tempted to think that there is no difference between kayaks and rowboats, there is quite a bit of difference in what they can do. If you want to know what each type of kayak can do for you, then you need to know what they are best used for.
The most popular kayaks right now are the kayaks with the canoe style hull. A kayak is essentially a small, flat watercraft that is usually propelled primarily by a single, double-headed paddle. The word kayak comes from the Greenlandic language word kjukurr; which translates to “water vessel”. Kayaks were first designed to be used in gliding currents along the sea bottom, so they often have an open cockpit and no hull.
Modern kayaks are available in both a rigid and a canoe style hull design. The rigid hull type of kayak has a much larger engine and transmission than the canoe style, but it is generally more stable and seaworthy. Whether you plan on kayaking around Iceland, Canada, or Alaska this winter, you should definitely look into the benefits of owning a good quality kayak.