In general, long kayaks are faster than shorter kayaks. If you wish to paddle a kayak that can cut through the water and gain some speed, the longer the better.
If you paddle in rough waters, longer kayaks are beneficial in that they often bridge small wave troughs. Shorter kayaks can often make for a wetter ride.
Longer kayaks are helpful if you intend to use your kayak as an expedition boat because they often can hold a bit more gear in the front and rear hatches.
Longer kayaks are narrower, which also lends to the ability for a kayak to be speedy. However, it is important to keep in mind that the narrower the kayak, the less stable it will be, and longer kayaks are also harder to turn.
If you are a large person, a longer kayak with at least a medium-volume interior will better fit your needs and be more comfortable.
Article Written By Naomi Judd
Naomi M. Judd is a naturalist, artist and writer. Her work has been published in various literary journals, newspapers and websites. Judd holds a self-designed Bachelor of Arts in adventure writing from Plymouth State University and is earning a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.