Posted by: ret603 on Aug-05-13 1:24 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Aug-05-13 4:53 PM EST --
Rec Kayaks are decked canoes renamed. At the start of the kayak fad potential buyers went to kayaking shops and tried sea (real) kayaks. The new buyers were inexperienced in paddling sea kayaks and tipped over or felt very insecure at the stability of the kayaks. So, the builders took a 150 year old canoe design, decked canoes, and renamed them with a newly created name: Recreational Kayaks. Those renamed decked canoes felt more stable to novice buyers; many tons of them have been sold. Sales of true kayaks have been crashing due to less initial stability when a novice test paddles them ( a bit of seat time overcomes this) and now PRICE. We are becoming a nation of bottom feeders, focused only on the lowest price. The box stores have been doing well with rec kayak sales, slowly putting the kayak shops out of business. Now the lowest price discount stores are underselling the big box stores. A friend just told me she bought a $195 kayak at Ocean State Job Lots. Soon the "best buy" kayak will be from kayak street vendors.
The late Bart Hauthaway was an Olympic Kayaker, an Olympic Coach, and taught kayaking for over 40 years. He designed kayaks, decked canoes, and canoes for many decades and built them in his basement.
Bart had a simple rule for the dividing line between canoes and kayaks:
If you have to learn to roll it to safely proceed in rough water it is a kayak. All other paddle craft are canoes.
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