Sizes & Lengths Of Kayaks

Just as there are different types of kayaks for different types of water and there are also different lengths of kayaks and with each length it affects different aspects of the kayaks performance.

A long kayak is usually much faster than shorter ones; the longer kayak also can be paddled to go in a straight line easier than a short kayaks. This makes the long kayak a better choice for open waters and touring or cruising and are faster than a shorter kayak.

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While the shorter kayaks do not have the speed of the longer ones, they do have more maneuverability, they are the kayaks that are used in faster moving water. They also have the ability to avoid obstacles in the water such as rocks and other debris that may appear quickly. Shorter kayaks are also able to fit in smaller areas, giving the kayaker the advantage to explore and see parts of nature that larger kayaks cannot.

One disadvantage that shorter kayak has is storage space, while the longer kayaks are capable of storing gear for taking longer trips for backpacking and camping in places such as Vancouver and North Vancouver. The shorter kayak has storage for a picnic rather than a longer trip.

It does not matter which kayak is chosen, the length does not affect the stability, and the width does affect the stability of the kayak rather than length.


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The total length of the kayak is measured from bow to stern, in other words from tip to tip, and the length of the kayak measured at the waterline can determine the hull speed. Kayaks with a longer water line length will travel more efficient in the water and thereby travel at a higher speed.

The shorter kayak will have a shorter water line length, which will mean that it will have a slower speed in the water.

The length of the waterline is measured in a way to determine the speed of the kayak, by multiplying the square root of the waterline length in feet into knots such as a sixteen-foot kayak may have a speed of 5.36 knots. However, a twenty-five foot kayak when the waterline length is multiplied the water line length would be approximately 6.7 knots, this difference may change somewhat depending on the weight of the stowed gear.