Plastic and Composite Sea Kayaks UK
Sea kayaks are longer more specialised touring kayaks, designed for longer distances in more challenging conditions. These are the fastest kayaks we supply and have a fast top-end cruising speed, but conversely aren't as manoeuvrable as shorter touring kayaks. All the sea kayaks we supply have drop-down skegs, some have rudders (or the ability to retrofit one) to assist with tracking and turning. They also have multiple bulkheads and watertight hatch covers that allow these kayaks to be loaded up with equipment for expeditions, overnight camping trips or generous packed lunches!
The hull shape of all these kayaks are designed to cut through ocean swell and in the right hands are capable of making long crossings and paddling in adverse weather conditions. This increase in performance does make them less stable than day touring kayaks and more suited to experienced paddlers. However, for those that prefer paddling in fair weather and sheltered waters (including lakes and sea lochs) sea kayaks make great touring kayaks, with lots of room for camping kit.
Sea kayaks can be divided into two material types; rotomoulded plastic or composite construction. Plastic kayaks are generally harder wearing, more robust and require less maintenance during their lifetimes. Composite kayaks are lighter and stiffer which provides higher performance on the water. However composite kayaks need to be looked after and may require gelcoat repairs if they become deeply scratched, chipped or damaged through impact.