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blade kayaking term meaning

Blade

Blade

The end of a paddle used for propulsion.

boat length kayaking term meaning

Boat Length

Boat Length

as a general rule, the longer the kayak, the faster it will travel, but it will also be less stable.

bow kayaking term meaning

Bow

Bow

the front end of a kayak.

cockpit kayaking term meaning

Cockpit

Cockpit

the enclosed central compartment of a kayak, where the paddler sits.

deck height kayaking term meaning

Deck Height

Deck Height

vertical difference between the height of the seat and the height of the underside of the deck in the knee area.

deck lines kayaking term meaning

Deck Lines

Deck Lines

bungees on top of kayak.

deck kayaking term meaning

Deck

Deck

the top part of a kayak that keeps the hull from filling with water.

footpeg kayaking term meaning

Footpeg

Footpeg

Component inside the cockpit on which a kayaker places the balls of her feet.

hatch kayaking term meaning

Hatch

Hatch

storage space for belongings and tools while paddling.

hull kayaking term meaning

Hull

Hull

the bottom shape of a boat. Kayaks have a hull on the bottom and a deck on the top.

stern kayaking term meaning

lean bar

lean bar

a post to rest against in your vessel. Typically present in fishing kayaks.

portage kayaking term meaning

portage

portage

To carry a kayak to get from one waterway to another.

pfd kayaking term meaning

pfd

pfd

Personal flotation device. A lifejacket.

roll kayaking term meaning

roll

roll

After your kayak has capsized this is the technique of righting it, by continuing to rotate your body until once again upright.

rudder kayaking term meaning

rudder

rudder

Boat steering device. More often used for keeping your kayak on a straight path than for turning a corner, but can be used for both.

scupper-holes kayaking term meaning

Scupper Holes

Scupper Holes

Found in SOT kayaks. These are a safety feature designed to drain water from a kayak from top to bottom.

shaft kayaking term meaning

Shaft

Shaft

your body will stay warmer inside a sit in as you are protected from the wind. It also allows you to stay more dry.

sit inside kayaking term meaning

Sit Inside

Sit Inside

your body will stay warmer inside a sit in as you are protected from the wind. It also allows you to stay more dry.

sit on top kayaking term meaning

Sit On Top

Sit On Top

instead of sitting inside the kayak, you sit on a raised seat. More stable and easy to get in and out of. They drain more easily as they are self-bailing. You will get more wet passling this type of kayak.

skeg kayaking term meaning

skeg

skeg

Adjustable component of a kayak that can be raised or lowered on demand providing greater control of your kayak on windy days.

skirt kayaking term meaning

skirt

skirt

Gear that prevents you from getting wet in your sit in kayak on a rainy or cool day.

standing deck kayaking term meaning

standing deck

standing deck

designated space for fishing kayaker to stand in a SOT vessel.

stern kayaking term meaning

stern

stern

the back end of a kayak.

weather cocking kayaking term meaning

weather cocking

weather cocking

The appearance of a moving kayak to turn into the wind. It’s caused by a difference in pressure between the bow and stern of your kayak.