Why Do I Need a Longer Kayak?

Why Do I Need a Longer Kayak?
Most sea kayaks are between 16 and 19 feet long. Recreational kayaks are usually a bit shorter, in the 12- to 15-foot range. The length of a kayak has an impact on many aspects of kayaking.

Speed

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.

Stay Dry

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.

Volume

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.

Width

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.

Comfort

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.

Don't Miss a Thing!

All our latest outdoor content delivered to your inbox once a week.

FREE UPDATES

Subscribe

We promise to keep your email address safe and secure.