Problems with Traditional Kayaks

Traditional kayak types may not be suited for recreational use by all paddlers. As narrow beamed, round-bottomed hunting craft they can require quite a bit of skill in handling. These boats may have a beam from 17 to 19 inches. Modern boats average from 22 to 24 inches, a significant difference.

These boats were built largely for speed, sucess on the hunt was all important. As a result they may lack a feeling of stability and security for some of today's paddlers.

You can often make such a boat feel less nervous, by increasing the beam, and/or making the bottom flatter midships. See the posting on modification for a further discussion of adapting traditional designs for current day use.