Most people know that a kayak is a long boat that can tip over easily. You sit in this boat and use a double-bladed paddle to propel yourself and the kayak forward. Some kayaks are short and some are long. Some are very stable, and you can even stand up on them. Others are very unstable. If you are interested in cruising, you want a kayak that will be able to carry at least some gear, and one that is easy to paddle and manoeuvre. Such kayaks are typically long and narrow.
There are some kayaks in which you sit in. While they are a lot of fun to paddle, you will be exposed to the sun, wind, water, and changing weather. For this reason, if you are looking to do some touring in your kayak, choose the one where you’ll be sitting inside.
Most paddlers prefer solo kayaks, but double kayaks also exist. There are even three-hole kayaks available. Families love three-hole kayaks because they can put a child in the centre. And some people prefer three-hole kayaks because they can store a lot of gear in the middle hole.
Kayaks float for the same reason all other boats float: they displace water, and for a kayak to float, the hull must displace more water than it weighs. If the hull displaces less water than its weight, it will sink. There are three general styles of touring kayaks.
Traditional bow kayaks have sides that flare out moderately. This allows for fairly dry ride, and a lot of buoyancy.
Greenland bow kayaks have long overhangs and flaring sides. These kayaks are great for dry rides, but are fairly slower compared to other types.
Plumb bow kayaks have the longest waterline compared to the length of a kayak. This means that these kayaks require the least amount of effort to keep them moving.