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A recreational kayak is a type of kayak that is designed for the casual paddler interested in recreational activities on a lake or flatwater stream; they presently make up the largest segment of kayak sales. Compared to other kayaks, recreational kayaks are characterized by having a larger cockpit opening for easy entry and exit and a wider beam (27–30 inches) for more stability on the water and are generally less than twelve feet in length, which makes them slower than a longer boat would be, but lighter, easier to handle in and out of the water, and less expensive. Due to the wider hull, recreational kayaks will not track (maintain a straight line) as well as longer, narrower models. They generally have limited cargo carrying capacity. Using less expensive materials like rotomolded polyethylene and including fewer options helps keep these boats inexpensive.
Comparison with kayaks
As compared to the other big kayaks, a recreational kayak has characteristics which are different like a larger cockpit that is easy to open, make an entry and exit from. It has a wider beam of about 27-30 inches for more stability in water and is generally less than 12 feet in length. This smaller dimensions of the recreational kayak makes it smaller than a longer boat. As compared to the big kayaks, a recreational kayak is light, and thus it is easier to handle both in and out of water. This recreational kayak is cheaper as compared to a big kayak. Since the recreational kayak has a wider hull, recreational kayaks will not track lines, especially straight lines as compared to longer and narrower models. A recreational kayak has limited cargo carrying capacity as compared to a huge kayak. The materials used to manufacture the recreational kayak is rotomolded polyethylene which is less expensive and has fewer options. Recreational kayaks are generally used for fishing. Other models may be inflatable, this can make for easier storage, but would require an air pump to inflate once it is brought to the desired destination.