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Are longer kayaks faster than shorter ones?

Executive summary: All else equal, a longer boat will have a greater hull speed. A greater hull speed means less drag and hence greater speed for a given amount of "paddling effort". Hence, longer ...
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Kayaks vs canadians (canoes) from a beginner's perspective

In Canada, at least, we do distinguish between kayaks and canoes, and those are the words I'll use for the contrast here. To first make sure there's no confusion, have a look at the articles in ...
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Are longer kayaks faster than shorter ones?

The narrower the beam, the less paddling resistance the boat will have. For any given weight capacity, the longer boat will have a narrower beam. (The widest part of the boat, where the paddler ...
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What is the difference between a Canoe and a Kayak?

The general answer is: A canoe is a boat designed or refitted to be paddled with a one sided paddle, usually while sitting on either a raised bench or one or both of your knees. A kayak is a boat ...
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Why are we moving in circles with a tandem kayak?

Common paddling problems Most people are strongly right handed You'll get more power on your stronger side It's really common for the weaker hand to slip closer to the blade as a result of wanting to ...
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What's a realistic distance to expect boys aged 11-17 to sea kayak in a single day?

If you don't know what your boys are capable of then it's unfair to have expectations. I'm a Venturer Scout adviser for Scouts Canada; I take boys in that age group on trips regularly. I don't know ...
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Can I use one helmet for both kayaking and skiing?

It's not recommended to use a kayak or "CE/EN 1385" helmet for skiing. However, you can use a skiing or "CE/EN 1077" helmet for kayaking. The helmets are manufactured and tested for specific ...
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What safety equipment should I carry for sea-touring by kayak?

Here's what I normally take with me on these trips at the moment. I can divide them into what's needed before, during and after an incident. Avoiding trouble clothing and food (including drink): as ...
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Can I use a Canoe Paddle with a Kayak?

Yes, but you might want to use a short paddle. While the difference between a canoe and a kayak in practice is only the seat, and people do swap out kayak seats for canoe saddles in playboats, you'll ...
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Kayakers throwing their paddles when running waterfalls

The reasons for doing it include: not breaking your paddles (this is the main one) not breaking your face it is (was) cool it's fun The last two are why it's being done in the linked video. Re: ...
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What’s the best thing to wear on your hands when sea kayaking in very cold weather?

The best answer I’ve come up with so far is to combine neoprene paddling gloves such as those sold by NRS with an additional pair of waterproof or semi-waterproof mitten shells designed to be worn ...
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Why are we moving in circles with a tandem kayak?

Going in circles while in a paddled craft such as a kayak/canoe/raft means that there is more force being applied on one side than the other (this is also how you turn the craft). If you notice that ...
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Are longer kayaks faster than shorter ones?

As a general rule, yes Consider a boat weighing 20kg, a paddler weighing 80kg. You're now displacing 100litres of water, the way in which you displace that volume has a lot to do with how easily the ...
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How to lock a kayak

Most solutions require threading one or two long lockable cables through some sort of “holes” in the kayak and onto the fixed rack. The locking cables can be elongated versions of standard bicycle ...
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What’s the best thing to wear on your hands when sea kayaking in very cold weather?

I haven't been paddling much for several years, but I used to go all winter with simple fleece gloves inside waterproof dishwashing rubber gloves. I tried a half dozen other alternatives, including ...
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Is it possible to put a kayak in the water in Berlin and reach the Baltic via lakes and rivers?

With Baltic do you mean the Baltic Sea or the Baltic states? There are several possible routes from Berlin to the Baltic Sea. If you can read German, here is some information: http://forum.kanu.de/...
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Can I use one helmet for both kayaking and skiing?

As the protection required in these activities differ, there are different standards for helmets: EN 1385 for kayaking and EN 1077 for skiing. There are of course even more norms for other helmets. So ...
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How do choices in design of a paddle-craft influence its handling characteristics?

Ay-yi-yi! This is a very broad question, a true answer to which would probably require a PhD in hydrodynamics or years of relevant engineering expertise. Note that the interplay between these design ...
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What factors should I be aware of when storing a kayak?

I think this site might have the answer for you. Main points there are: Protect against Hull Damage & Distortion. Do not let the kayak to bend, distort, and getting damaged. Protect from Harsh ...
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Preventing hand blisters while paddling

Kayak guide here... Blisters form because of friction, as many know. What most don't realize is that it matters little if your hands are wet or dry. Because you are gripping the paddle tightly, your ...
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Can I use one helmet for both kayaking and skiing?

There seem to be many widespread assumptions about helmet design, particularly regarding how well they handle multiple impacts. The poor availability of the relevant standards documents[0] does not ...
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White-water (slalom) kayak in calm waters (lake)?

Short answer: it will work fine (if it's a suitable size) if you've no other options but there are other types of kayak which better suit your needs. Specifically: this is a slalom kayak, it's a ...
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How can I take my dog kayaking?

We're planning to take our dog kayaking in the not so distant future. We both have two Sit on Top Kayaks which easily leave him room to sit between my feet. If you can fit him in your cockpit in a sit ...
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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?

Conditions in which you can handle the boat depend on the style of boat and the paddler The range of what defines a "covered cockpit kayak" includes play boats from under 2 meters to over 5 ...
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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?

Short of seeing a video of your technique, here is some general advice. A very common but poor technique in the forward stroke is where you keep your torso relatively still and repeatedly push and ...
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Kayaking in the UK

Some answers: 1 - British Canoeing is an excellent website for this sort of thing. 2 - It would be acceptable to use a sea kayak. 3 - Completely depends on your kayak. For a quick temporary repair, ...
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