Kayaking is a water activity that is quickly becoming very popular. Kayaking was initially a means for hunting and fishing for the Inuit people in Greenland. The kayaks were ideal vessels to conquer the treacherous and icy waters. One of the major things that the Inuit people concentrated on while creating the kayak was making a vessel that was very light and easy to maneuver, these are the qualities that have made the kayak become very popular in the modern times.
Kayaks, unlike other water vessels such as the normal boats, are very small and light. A kayak was initially designed to carry only one person who was also the pilot. This allowed for a very slender and short water vessel that could be able to maneuver into very narrow channels of water. Being so light with such a buoyant design also helped the kayak to be able to go into very shallow waters where other boats cannot navigate.
These features are very important for modern users who mostly use kayaks for recreational purposes. They prefer the kayak since one can comfortably take out a kayak and comfortably sail it without the help of another person. Some boats can be very hard to maneuver alone without the help of someone else and many need at least two people to comfortably sail the vessel; one to steer and the other to row.
The fact that a singular person can manage the kayak is very important in modern times when many people like to have some alone time and since in modern times it is not always easy to get company whenever you get the whim to go out on a kayak.
A kayak is the vessel of choice when individuals want to go out fishing all by themselves. The kayak is easy for one person to maneuver easily and today there are excellent kayaks that have been built specifically for anglers.
Kayaks are also quite common today because unlike other water vessels one can easily carry a kayak from point A to point B. This is due to their light weight and small size. Some modern kayaks have been designed with special emphasis on portability and this is especially seen in inflatable kayaks. Inflatable kayaks once deflated can be packed into a normal bag and carried by one person.
There are some hard side kayaks that are also designed to make them more portable. There are some that can be folded up for easy portability while others can be snapped into two or three pieces for easy carrying around – the pieces can be snapped back together whenever one wants to use the kayak.
Different kayaks are designed with different features to make them suitable for specific uses. For example, today there are many modern water sports and special kayaks have been designed to be ideal for these different water activities. For example, white water kayaks are designed with hard hulls that can withstand rough treatment such as smashing against rocks. They are also well rounded to make them easier to navigate in rough waters.