The Size Or Length Of A Kayak For Whitewater Is Smaller Than The Size Of An Ocean, Deep Sea Or Touring Vessel

What Does The Lenth And Size Determine?

The size determines the speed of which the vessel can travel through the water as well as the turning ease and water line. Small ones can be used for touring short distances but they do not store much supplies vs ocean kayaks. The small ones are used for whitewater and are very good for transportation as they can fit on a vehicle very easily.

Length Size Of Kayaks


Kayaks today come in a verity of lengths, each of these are designed for different types of water and travel in mind.

The whitewater model is short in comparison to other styles, this allows for easy and fast maneuvering. Whitewater is known for having fast currents, rocks and other debris that must be negotiated around. The length of a whitewater model can range from as short as six feet to as long as nine feet and many people choose these lengths by their size and weight. A six-foot style may not fit a very tall and large built person but one that is eight or nine feet they will fit in the cockpit comfortably.

Touring models can be found with seating for one, two or sometimes three people so this requires a longer length, they are also a style that is used for longer trips such as camping or backpacking and this requires more storage space. These styles are found in lengths from sixteen to nineteen feet. The touring model is also known to move at a faster rate of speed in the water because of its length, rather then the style of kayaks that are designed shorter in length.

The recreational model is constructed to easily maneuver and is also able to travel into places where others that are of a longer length may not be capable to access. Their length is between nine and fourteen feet making them shorter than the touring style with some of the same advantages in the water.

Each design, while it may have a different length this does not affect the stability in the water; the width is what will help to determine stability. If the craft is measured from bow to stern at the water line this can help to determine the hull speed of the design of the model in question. A style with a longer water line will be capable of traveling more efficiently in the water and this will enable it to travel at a higher rate of speed.

The water line also holds true for the shorter model, and these designs are known to travel at a slower rate of speed due to their shorter length and water line.

What the length does determine beside the rate of speed that a kayak is able to travel in the water is what type of water it is right for and the amount of storage that will be available. The amount of stored supplies in a craft is capable of also changing the water line, which in turn will also affect the rate of speed of this loaded watercraft.