To a novice kayaker, a cockpit may look impossibly small, but once inside, your precise fit becomes more of a concern than imagined. With your back supported in the seat, and your feet on the foot braces, you should be able to hook your knees under the cockpit coaming, where some boats even have specially formed thigh supports. If you find yourself wiggling around too much or that your knees and thighs are not supported properly, you may benefit from customizing your cockpit with foam.
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.