A kayak is a small, relatively narrow, human-powered boat primarily designed to be manually propelled by means of a double bladed paddle. The traditional kayak has a covered deck and one or more cockpits, each seating one paddler. Their cockpit is sometimes covered by a spray deck (or “skirt”) that prevents the entry of water from waves or spray and makes it possible for suitably skilled kayakers, to roll the kayak: that is, to capsize and right it without it filling with water or ejecting the paddler.
This article explores the different types of kayaks and their uses, along with key kayaking terminology:
• Beam: Width
• Bow: Front of the kayak
• Stern: Rear of the kayak
• Fore: Front
• Aft: Back
Recreational kayaks are designed for the casual paddler interested in fishing, photography or a peaceful paddle on the lake, flat-water stream or protected salt water. Compared to other kayaks, recreational kayaks have a larger cockpit for easier entry and exit, and a wider beam for more stability.
For ease-of-use and comfort, the Point 65 Martini is one of the faster recreational kayaks on the market. The Martini features a comfortable ergonomic seat equipped with a cushy seat pad as well as thigh braces for improved control, multiple cup holders, integrated rudder and easily adjustable rudder pedals. The Martini also features a large, oval dry-hatch aft and a smaller round bow dry-hatch to access two water tight compartments for safe storage of gear on your next adventure.
Touring kayaks offer higher cruising speed and are designed a bit longer with more storage space to accommodate more gear for longer excursions, including day-trips or overnight camping. Versatile, they can be used on exposed coastal waters to protected bays.
Drawing attention in any environment, the Point 65 day touring kayak, the XO13, is designed for stability, maneuverability and excellent tracking in most waters from coastal areas, to lakes and rivers. The cockpit is designed for easy entry and exit, and is large enough to suit all types of paddlers. The ergonomically designed seat provides leg support and a comfortable paddling position. An optional, lift-able rudder is available with easy-to-adjust rudder pedals.
A sit-on-top kayak is simply an open hull with a seat that (as the name indicates) you sit on top of. Sit-on-top Kayaks are stable, easy to get in and out of, used for recreational paddling and fishing. The wider beam enables more stability, making them easy to keep upright in the water.
Designed for comfort and stability, the Point 65 Tequila! is also a nimble, highly maneuverable recreational kayak with plenty of legroom. And whether you paddle the Tequila! as a solo or tandem, this is still one of the faster sit-on-top kayaks on the market. It’s perfect for a day trek or weekend adventure, and is designed with both kids and adults in mind. Whether paddling, fishing or just relaxing, this stable, strong and high- performance kayak is the ideal choice for family fun on the water.
A surf ski is a long, narrow, lightweight kayak with an open (sit-on-top) cockpit, usually with a foot pedal controlled rudder. Typically 16½-21’ long and only 16-20″ wide, surf skis are extremely fast when paddled on flat water, and are the fastest paddled craft available over a long distance on ocean swells.
For exceptional speed, The Point 65 XP18 Spyder open-cockpit touring kayak with the aggressive appearance of an adventure racing craft—and the performance to match. Great primary and secondary stability offers beginners and expedition paddlers alike a fast ride, even in the most challenging conditions The XP18 Spyder’s maneuverability is unparalleled among touring kayaks with super-responsive steering through its ultra light foiled-shaped surf ski rudder – designed for most conditions.
SUP – Stand-Up Paddle Board
The sport of stand up paddle boarding has, in less than ten years, spread from surf beaches to nearly every other type of watercourse. Races are held on lakes, large rivers and canals; paddlers navigate river rapids and ride standing waves; gliding is the practice of covering long distances along sea coasts.
Following the success of Point 65’s modular kayaks, here comes the Stand Up Paddle board (SUP) version. The Point 65 RumRunner is an innovative, high performance while stable, take-apart touring SUP with a displacement hull, making it a fast straight tracking board on which to explore, exercise and then take back home in the back of your car. Its looks are defined by its distinct lines making it not only a fast ride but it will also turn heads on and off the water.
The Benefits of a Modular Kayak
Modular kayaks snap apart and reassemble in only a few seconds, making them easy to store, carry and haul. You can store them comfortable in the back of most cars, and in SUVs, crossovers and mini vans with plenty of room to spare.
The innovative, patented Snap-Tap system by Point 65 allows solo (single paddler), tandem (two paddlers), and even triple configurations! By adding mid sections you create the perfect team building tool for as many paddlers as you want.