Questions tagged [kayaks]

Questions referring specifically to Kayaks. Kayaks can come in a few forms. There are Sit in kayaks and Sit on Top kayaks, both come single or tandem. You can have kayaks made from plastic or fibreglass, as well as inflatables.

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Looking for a quick-release device that I can yank free and go

I am looking for a solution that will allow me to fasten something to my whitewater kayak but allow me to free it simply by yanking hard on it. My knife's quick release sheath does this perfectly; ...
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Volume of cargo area in a kayak

What is the approximate volume in cubic feet or inches of cargo space in the average sit in kayak?
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Kayak bow and stern lines -- on car roof-racks

I have carried a pair of kayaks on my car roofrack for many years with no trouble and always used bow and stern lines to the car towing points. As I understand it the bow and stern lines are primarily ...
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How to teach self-rescues with sit-inside, recreational kayaks?

I’m considering purchasing some recreational kayaks and am wondering about the possibilities of teaching beginners how to self-rescue with those boats – specifically, when the boats do not have ...
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Is the Liquidlogic Remix good for starting in whitewater kayaking? [closed]

Would the Liquidlogic Remix be a good first whitewater kayak? How would it measure up to similar more modern kayaks like the Dagger Phantom or Jackson Nirvana?
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What to look for in a throw bag for swift water

For the more experienced white water paddlers, raft guides and the like, What features do you look for in a throw bag In the swift-water environment. Ie. Favorite/most useful length [for your rivers/...
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Best kayak paint?

Just bought a second-hand carbon fibre kayak and am looking to give it a paint job. What's the right kind of paint (on a budget) for this in your opinions? Thanks in advance!
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What's a good low-budget kayak for both river and sea? [closed]

I'm looking to get a second-hand kayak, preferably under £250, which I can use for river kayaking and sea kayaking - is there a particular kind I should go for? I've done a bit of river and sea ...
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Selecting a double bladed paddle for a canoe

I have a couple solo canoes, I normally just use single bladed paddles, but find I am quite limited in the wind speed I can safely paddle against on bigger lakes. I am planning on getting a double ...
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Plastic kayak distorted

Before Christmas I upgraded my basic SOT kayak to an RTM Disco, again a plastic SOT. What with life stuff and the winter weather, I have not used it; it has been on its side on a rack in the garden. A ...
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What are the pros/cons of different types of kayak carts?

I'm looking into kayak carts and noticed there are two basic types - ones which have pins that protrude through the hull using the scupper holes, and others which provide more of a base that the kayak ...
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Are there standard dimensions for kayak holes used for wheeled carts?

Regarding the type of kayak cart with pins that protrude through the kayak hull -- do you have to match the exact cart to model of kayak? (and, perhaps, brand). Or is there a standard set of ...
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Comparing and combining paddles and pedals for sit-on-top kayak speed and endurance

Sit-on-top kayaks are a popular alternative to traditional sit-inside kayaks. One advantage is that they sometimes come with a foot pedals for propulsion. The foot pedals are linked, via gears, either ...
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Keeping your butt dry in a kayak

I have started looking at sit on top kayaks. Several have looked promising. Though I just realized, in most of them the lowest point in the boat is where your butt goes. I normally travel in a canoe ...
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Why are we moving in circles with a tandem kayak?

We just bought a tandem kayak, we took it to the water and we can’t make it go straight. My husband is bigger than me so he sits on the back. We rented kayaks before, so we are wondering if it could ...
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Cargo capacity of a kayak

I've been paddling three times (one week each) in rental (Canadian) canoes. My girlfriend and me brought all gear and food with us and there still was plenty of room for our dog in the boat. I know ...
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How do I make and test a radar-reflecting hat?

At significant risk of tin foil hat jokes, I’ve read compelling evidence that a homemade hat incorporating angled and crumpled aluminum foil may slightly increase a kayaker’s visibility on radar — not ...
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What can I do to be more visible to other ships’ radar when traveling in a sea kayak?

I’ve seen small radar reflectors for sale. Should I carry one when kayaking? What else can I do such that boats can use their radar to be aware of my location when they can’t see me due to poor ...
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What equipment do I need for overnight water trail in a kayak?

My wife and I are avid inland, freshwater kayakers - both on calm lakes and up/down rivers and streams. We have only done day trips. We are also moderately experienced backcountry campers. Now we ...
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Choosing a kayak for a 5'9" 300lb man [duplicate]

I'm looking to get myself a kayak, but weight limits are an issue for me. I like the ascend kayaks from Cabala's because of the high back seats. I'm undecided if i want to get a 10' hybrid kayak or a ...
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Is it legal to launch a kayak from a public beach in Chicago?

I live in Chicago and would like to get a foldable kayak. As far as I can tell the only thing I need to do to be able to use it in Lake Michigan is get a watercraft registration. Once I have that ...
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How to detect significant sun damage in a plastic molded kayak?

Molded kayaks are usually made of polyethylene, an otherwise extremely durable material which can be damaged by the sun. The used market is full of kayaks manufactured ten or twenty years ago which ...
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How to make my kayak Eskimo roll reliable in rough water?

How do I develop my kayak “Eskimo roll” from something I can do most of the time in a calm lake or pool to something I can trust to work close to 100% of the time in real sea or river conditions?
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What’s the best thing to wear on your hands when sea kayaking in very cold weather?

What product or combination of products best protects your hands while kayaking in winter? I’m interested in a system which provides comfort for extended paddling but also the peripheral activities ...
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What is the difference between a Canoe and a Kayak?

Canoes and Kayaks have a lot in common, and for the most part I can look and say that is a Canoe and that is a Kayak. But I have been seeing some vessels that blur the line between them. It seems ...
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Is it likely to be my technique or my muscles that cause my arms and shoulders to ache so soon after I start kayaking?

I've never had a stamina or ache problem with rowing a row-boat or paddling a canoe, although my limits have declined with age. However, my arms and shoulders tired very quickly the few times I tried ...
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How common are tandem kayaks?

A recent comment said: For kayak I’d say “usually 1-2 person” as tandem kayaks are very common. 3 person kayaks are rare but not unheard of, example Pamlico 160T has a third mini-seat for a child. ...
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If you are kayaking on a lake when whitecaps start happening, what is the best direction to get off the lake?

I am stealing Charlie Brumbaugh's question about canoeing on an open lake, because for kayaking you would get different anwers, and it's important to distinguish those. If you are kayaking on a lake ...
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Neoprene as a base layer for winter activities?

How does neoprene perform as a base layer for winter sports? Is it a way to be warm while remaining sweaty, as opposed to wicking sweat away? What are its disadvantages? What are best practices for ...
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Does a hands-free kayak bilge pump exist that is as speedy and reliable as a hand pump?

Does anyone have any experience they can share with actual use of a hands-free kayak bilge pump? I’m curious about foot-operated/electric/other, purchased or custom built, anything that lets me keep ...
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Training for Kayaking out of season

Kayaking is a lot of upper body and core strength, with an amount of lifting as well. Outside of the good weather kayaking season - winter months for Sit on Tops for example - what are good ways to ...
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Can I use a Canoe Paddle with a Kayak?

I am thinking about getting a Kayak, I am very comfortable paddling my canoe with a single paddle. My motivation is that I can canoe silently with a single canoe paddle that does not need to break ...
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Restoring a deformed kayak hull

I have a Venture Kayak Easty 15 and it has developed a flat spot on the bottom center just below the foot rests. What is the best method to return the bottom of this kayak back to its original convex ...
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Purchasing a sit-on-top kayak

Sun Dolphin manufactures one or two 10' sit-on-top kayaks for under $350.00. I know they would be suitable for a day of recreational paddling on a calm lake or river. But could they reasonably be used ...
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How to fish from a kayak?

As a present I was recently given a Pelican Odyssey 100X. Before getting that I had fished using a neighbor's regular kayak. Is fishing from the shore the same as fishing off of a kayak, and is ...
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Kayak for fishing and low class rapids?

I am in the market for a kayak and am wondering what type of kayak or what features I should look at given my requirements. Here's the details you'll probably need to help me out: I'm 6'1" and 215 ...
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Where should a person who can't hold a paddle sit in a tandem kayak?

This question is related to this, and perhaps others on the site, although I don't think it's an exact duplicate. I have friends who would like to take a two-person kayak trip down a stream in the ...
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Why should the heavier person sit in the back of a tandem kayak?

Today I went to paddle with a friend and he said that I should sit in the back because I'm heavier. But why is that? How does this help with the weight distribution or handling of the kayak?
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Kayakers throwing their paddles when running waterfalls

I was watching a YouTube video featuring clips from award winning kayaking films. One thing I immediately noticed was multiple instances of kayakers running waterfalls who seem to be intentionally ...
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Are longer kayaks faster than shorter ones?

I've been researching which kayak I'd like to buy, and I keep coming across the notion that longer kayaks are faster than shorter ones. I can understand that shorter kayaks have a greater tendency to ...
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What are the trade offs between kayak and canoe for solo multiday trips?

I would like to be able do trips with the following characateristics one day: Solo. May do in combination with other paddlers, but my primary interest is getting out there on my own. Multi-day trips ...
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What equipment do I need for a 5 days kayak journey in the Mediterranean Sea? [duplicate]

I am planning to do a 5 days journey on a kayak with a friend. I have a 4.9m plastic sit on top kayak and we were planning to start from Tropea on the so called "costa degli dei" ("Coast of the Gods"),...
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How do choices in design of a paddle-craft influence its handling characteristics?

If you imagine cutting a canoe or kayak along each axial plane, you get three shapes. If you cut along the waterline and look down from above, you get the plan. Cut thwart-wise at the widest point ...
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Lake Tahoe kayaking conditions

My wife and I would like to take my 7 year old son kayaking this summer. Was thinking about a circumnavigation of Lake Tahoe. It looks like there are plenty of put ins and take outs. I am curious how ...
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How to lock a kayak

In my garage, and when it is parked around town, I lock my bike to a rack via a U-lock or at least a cable lock. How should I similarly secure my kayak? I realize that a determined thief can break ...
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What safety equipment should I carry for sea-touring by kayak?

What equipment should I carry in case of emergency on a coastal kayaking trip? I normally do short trips (1 week or less) around the islands of northwest Scotland. I tend to travel solo (sometimes no ...
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"Unsinkable" sit-on-top kayaks

Several plastic sit-on-top kayaks are being marketed as "unsinkable" and "sea-worthy". However, I read that few people had to beach when the did not close the front hatch properly. My question is: ...
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Kayaking with a shotgun

I like using small boats for duck hunting. I was recently given a sit-in two-seater kayak that I have painted and I am ready to take out on the marshes. Although I have used small canoes and the ...
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How can I take my dog kayaking?

I wonder if there are any dog crazy people like me out there who have ever tried to take their dogs kayaking or floating down the river. Has anyone seen anything created for dog-friendly kayak ...
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Fishing/ Kayaking/ hiking in Acadia Maine

I am heading to Acadia, Maine this week for a one week camping, fishing, kayaking and hiking. I've been there once but just for couple hours. Any recommendations for fishing spots in the island? I ...
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