What are the compartments for in a kayak?

Sea kayaks, by contrast, have at least 2 sealed compartments – one in the front and one in the rear of the boat. If you capsize and end up in the water, those sealed compartments will help to keep the boat afloat and allow you to re-enter the kayak safely, bail out the cockpit and carry on paddling.

Which side of kayak is front?

Bow: Front of the kayak. Stern: Back of the kayak. Port: Left side of the kayak. Starboard: Right side of the kayak.

What is a Tankwell on a kayak?

Tank well: Another name for the on-deck storage area. Some kayaks will also have a bungee or cargo net to accompany the tank well. Drain Plug: Removable plug found in most kayaks that allows water to drain out from the inside when open.

What are the slots on my kayak for?

Retractable skeg Skegs are fins that sit in a slot in the underside of the hull near the stern of the boat. They can be dropped into the water to improve tracking.

What is the purpose of a bulkhead in a kayak?

Sea kayak bulkheads are essentially walls that create compartments within the sea kayak. These compartments serve a number of purposes. They provide for dry storage in the kayak’s bow and stern hatch areas as well as providing floatation when the kayak’s cockpit is swamped.

What does a kayak skeg do?

Skegs are used only to assist in the tracking of a kayak. In cross winds and following waves, you can deploy a skeg to help your kayak track straight. When the skeg is no longer needed, it can be raised back up inside the boat and has no effect on the performance of the kayak.

How can I improve my kayak tracking?

Turn the paddle shaft slightly left or right to track the kayak. Twist your torso and lean in toward the tracking turn. Using body English and the paddle blade together is an effective method of improving the kayak’s tracking. Do not lean too far over, as this leads to unwanted wet exits.

What are the parts on a kayak?

Anatomy of a Sit-in Kayak

  • Deck: the topside.
  • Hull: the bottom piece.
  • Keel: the bow-to-stern ridge on your hull.
  • Cockpit: where you get in and command your craft.
  • Seat: your base of operations that sits within your cockpit.
  • Coaming: boatspeak for the edge of the cockpit.

Where is the bulkhead on a kayak?

A bulkhead is the vertical wall that runs from the hull up to the deck and it is sealed.

What kayaks have bulkheads?

Bulkheads are sealed barriers on the interior of the kayak that provide separated compartments within a kayak. They are typically found in sea kayaks and can be made from a variety of materials including foam, plastic, or a composite material.

Why does my kayak go in circles?

Going in circles while in a paddled craft such as a kayak/canoe/raft means that there is more force being applied on one side than the other (this is also how you turn the craft). If you notice that you are going to one side, paddle more on that side and less on the other until the craft straightens out.