Modern Ocean Kayaks are generally made from tuff hi tech materials such as high impact resistant roto-molded plastic, Kevlar and carbon and fiber glass ranging widely in size and weight depending on the intended application. In broad terms Ocean Kayaks fall into two main groups Rigid Sea Kayaks and Folding Sea Kayaks. Within these categories are a number of sub categories Such as Sit-On-Top Ocean Kayaks, having a semi enclosed cockpit and spray deck and usually made from roto-molded plastics and retaining a number of the usual sea kayak features, recreational sea kayaks, shorter in length than traditional sea kayaks but still possessing a wide beam for increased stability in rolling seas and extra storage capacity. Inflatable Ocean Kayaks in appearance very similar to a rigid sea going kayak. And designed for open water with enclosed cockpits and spray decks. Surf skis and Wave Skis have been designed for riding easily over coastal surf and are widely used by lifeguards on surfing areas as a fast mode of transport to aid in rescue of stranded surfers and bathers.
They are fairly long and narrow in cross section Sizes of Ocean going Kayaks differ greatly but as a rule they are generally longer than freshwater kayaks with an average length between 12ft and 24ft giving them a larger cargo capacity and better tracking in a straight line a requirement of sea going vessels. This makes them less maneuverable than their freshwater counterparts but room for maneuver is not normally a factor in open water. Sea Kayaks are quite often fitting with a rudder operated by foot pedals from the paddlers’ cockpit, this further aids turning and enables the sea kayaker to remain in a straight line without to much changing of paddle strokes.
Larger Kayaks are often specifically designed for two or more paddlers they are also wider in the beam than freshwater kayaks with an average hull width of 18" to 30 Inches Folding Sea Kayaks (Skin on frame Kayaks) are generally made of a wooden or aluminum frame on which fabrics such as Dacron and canvas stretched this creates both a very portable light weight but strong boat. Sponsons (Inflatable Tubes may also be incorporated into the kayak to further aid buoyancy. It is now not uncommon to find a wide ranging number of designs for ocean going kayaks presently popular are upturned bows which allow for greater control in ruff seas and help to dissipate the blow from head on waves and swell. For more information please visit Ocean Kayaks.