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Since most kayaking is done for recreation ...
Some kayaks have bulkheads and hatches - they create water resistant chambers and add a lot of floatation. If one is worried about floatation despite having bulkheads and hatches, float bags or dry bags might alleviate those fears.
Other kayaks might not have much in terms of built in floatation - typical bulkhead/hatch-less design is an example of that. Float bags are then used to make sure that boat stays above the water.
Absence or presence of bulkheads and hatches does not differentiate between recreational and non-recreational kayaks. WW playboats, racing K1 don't have anything in terms of floatation, but no one will attempt to bundle them with rec boats
And, other folks become ingenious by using other methods of giving extra floatation - inflatable travel/relationship companions, expanding marine foam, pool noodles, beach balls, whatever floats your boat.
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