How fun is it to kayak in a touring/sea kayak?
You’ve never experienced real kayaking until you’ve logged a fun day exploring nature one paddle stroke at a time!
Did you know that it’s very easy for anyone to log 15-30 miles a day if they have the proper training, skill set, body rotation, and correct paddle stroke? Touring/sea kayaks are “sit-in” kayaks and thus your center of gravity is at the water line. You are less prone to be affected by the wind and waves because of the inherent design of the boats. While your friends are struggling to keep up with you in their recreational kayaks, you are slicing through waves and nearly effortlessly gliding through the water. Rec boats require harder paddling to keep up with touring/sea kayaks, and their higher center of gravity means that they are more vulnerable to wind and waves. The advantage of a rec boat is primarily stability. They are wider and great for shorter trips. But if you want ease of paddling, touring/sea kayaks are optimal.
There is also the aspect of bow and stern hatches. There is a surprising amount of room to store your gear in a touring/sea kayak, although don’t be fooled by the term “dry hatch”. We always store gear we don’t want to get wet in dry bags, and then in our hatches. The advantage to hatches are if you accidentally (or on purpose on a hot summer day) roll over in your kayak, your gear stays in the boat and dry. Put some dry ice in one and voila-you have a built in cooler, too!
Another advantage to touring/sea kayaks is the skirt. Yes, in kayaking males proudly wear skirts. With proper training, you skirt your self into the cockpit and your lower body stays dry and out of the sun or weather. It also keeps the mosquitoes out. You can’t roll a rec boat with very easily without a skirt, but you can roll a touring/sea kayak if you are skirted in. The awesome feeling of being knocked over by a wave and rolling right back up is pretty amazing. A roll you are confident in takes training, but anyone can achieve it!
Each style of kayak has its differences. We own both in our private collection! Whatever kayak you choose, get out in your life jacket and enjoy the beautiful scenery, bald eagles, egrets, king fishers, blue heron, river otters, mountain laurel, and much, much more! If you are quiet and look closely, you may even see a green heron.
Our greatest joy is for all of YOU to “Experience Nature The Way It’s Meant To Be,” for you to immerse yourselves into the splendor nature with every stroke. Unplug from everything and just go kayaking!
Our next blog will contain info on warm weather paddling and what you should prepare for!
Phil and Cyndi