Tourist kayaks are maneuverable, easy-to-handle boats, adapted for long-distance water travel. These are frame, frame-inflatable or inflatable models, characterized by large capacity, good carrying capacity, excellent operational and driving characteristics.
These kayaks develop a fairly high speed and can also be used for short walks on calm water. They can be single, double, triple, have a narrow hull, pointed bows and sterns, and are equipped with many safety and increased comfort elements.
Tourist kayaks are able to move freely in shallow water, reed beds, rivers with small rapids and waterfalls. There are marine models with slightly raised bow and stern, providing directional stability of the vessel in waves and headwinds.
Such boats are quickly disassembled and assembled, are lightweight, and effortlessly carried in hands over land. They can carry food, supplies of drinking water, tents and other tourist equipment. They are equipped with anatomical seats that adapt to the rower's physique and contribute to his most comfortable position in the boat.
Tourist kayaks are made of PVC, polyethylene, plastic, composite materials, and have various configurations and capacities. Models are divided into frame, frame-inflatable and inflatable. Frame kayaks are currently one of the most popular in water tourism. They are designed for hiking in reservoirs of low and medium complexity, have good stability, withstand shocks, the influence of aggressive environments, and sudden temperature changes.
Frame-inflatable options can be used on rivers with small rapids and take part in water tourism competitions. They differ from frame types by the presence of one or more inflatable balloons, which increase the buoyancy of the vessel and protect its hull from impacts.
Inflatable kayaks do not have a rigid frame, they are highly maneuverable and are suitable for hiking on rather rough rivers. They are quickly inflated, take up little space when packed, effortlessly transported to the right place, even transported on bicycles.
Frame kayaks consist of a collapsible hull and a shell made of durable waterproof materials, a cockpit, an apron that covers the cockpit, and seats. The boat shell has a bottom and a deck. Models are equipped with supports for the back, knees, heels and are supplied with skirts that protect the landing holes of the kayak from water getting into them.
The rigid frame of such kayaks has keelsons made of duralumin tubes, bow and stern rods, stringers, fenders, frames, bulwarks. All longitudinal and transverse parts of the frame are firmly connected to each other using fasteners.
Tourist frame kayaks have sealed chambers, large luggage compartments. Some models are equipped with foot pedal or steering column steering. The design of the boats provides for a place for installing a sail and a keel, which improves the course properties of the boat.
Kayaks are long and narrow oar boats with pointed bows and sterns, characterized by great maneuverability, agility, the ability to freely pass shallow water, reed-overgrown places, and to stay afloat on rivers with rapids and waterfalls of varying difficulty. Today they are used for fishing, family vacations, rafting, long-distance travel, sports competitions, recreational and expeditionary purposes.
Among a number of models there are sea kayaks designed for water trips with headwind and rather high waves. They are versatile, suitable for sailing in fresh waters, they can pass where an ordinary rowboat or boat with a motor cannot advance. That is why sea kayaks are in many cases more in demand than other boat options.
Models are made of polyethylene, fiberglass, composite materials, duralumin, plywood, PVC. They are distinguished by their spaciousness, high carrying capacity, reliability and are maximally adapted for large open water and long multi-day hikes.
All sea kayaks are divided into frame, hull and inflatable. Frame types are collapsible and consist of structural elements connected by fasteners, and a shell made of synthetic waterproof fabric, which is held on the frame using bulwarks and special fasteners. The main advantage of such models is their compactness, the ability to be transported by any transport and the absence of the need for a separate storage room.
Hull kayaks are a kind of small boats with a solid streamlined hull that can withstand powerful shocks, sudden temperature changes, and the influence of aggressive environments. Such kayaks do not need frequent repairs and can be operated for decades.
Inflatable models are light mobile boats that can be used for walks along the coast in relatively calm weather. They are mobile, quickly inflate with the help of pumps, equipped with cylinders that soften the force of blows and keep the kayaks afloat in strong seas.
All sea kayaks are divided into a series of "sit int" and a series of "sit on top". The sit-in series assumes that the rowers are seated inside the cockpit and are suitable for use in the cold season. The “sit-on-top” series are boats with a landing from above, which are especially convenient when the kayak needs to be quickly abandoned and when it is hot outside. In cool weather, for trips on such kayaks, additional insulated equipment is required.
In addition, there are sea kayaks for short-term voyages in fairly calm water and expedition models with spacious cargo compartments, a place for a compass, sail, GPS-navigator. Some models are equipped with pedal steering.
Sea kayaks consist of cockpits, bow and stern rods, frames, stringers, fenders, a system of supports for hips, knees, feet, back, pillers. Their design includes anatomical adjustable seats, unsinkable tanks, volumetric sealed chambers and luggage compartments for transporting things and equipment.
It's no secret that most of today's kayakers came to kayaking from tourism: kayaks and water trips:
It happens that from rafting on catamarans:
Almost all water tourists know about kayaking. But not everyone becomes a kayaker.
I have already written about the difference between a kayak and a kayak earlier. In short: the kayak for today is the lot of amateur tourists; kayak - for those with certain skills. There are exceptions, but in general it is so.
Moving from kayak to kayak is definitely progress, a step further, higher, to a new level. From amateurs to professionals. Or to quite advanced water workers.
What prevents people from taking this step? And what motivates, motivates to go kayaking? How does the decision come and what is the impetus? Once I collected many stories about how people come to kayaking.
No desire to grow or need
Someone doesn't need this step. An episodic appearance on the water is enough.
For some, a kayak is a way to spend a vacation, to go on a water trip. It is easily delivered to the place by train, and after vacation it is stored in a compact folded form until the next trip, does not take up much space. Can be used for life :)
Family kayak trip with a cat
T. ... in this case, the kayak is seasonal equipment, for seasonal activity, like a beach mat, which is no longer needed in winter. On skis, for example, any person can run in winter, and not everyone will buy roller skis.
Many have probably heard the term "cluster" in the economic sphere. But not everyone knows and understands its exact meaning. This concept is also applicable to tourism activities.