Kayak Lingo

If you want to sound like a pro then this is the list for you.

  • Band/Back Support: Touches the small of the back, helps with paddling posture as well as providing back support.
  • Bow: Front of boat
  • Bulkhead: Sections within the kayak that create compartments for storage 
  • Chine: Where the bottom and sides of the hull meet
  • Hard Chine: Sharp angular intersection/has strong initial stability 
  • Soft Chine: Rounded intersection/ transitions well to secondary stability 
  • Cockpit: Where the paddler sits
  • Cockpit Combing: Lip around cockpit  used to attach a skirt 
  • Deck: Top half of kayak 
  • Deck Bunge: Elastic cord used for strapping equipment on top of a kayak
  • Drain Plug: Hole that drains water out of hull
  • Foot Pegs: Where your feet contact the kayak/ provides footing and energy transfer when paddling
  • Hatch: Compartments inside kayak uses for storage is water proof most of the time but sometimes only water resistant
  • Hull: Bottom half of kayak
  • Keel: Runs length of hull down the center/ the more pronounced the keel is the better the kayak will track 
  • Track: Ability of the kayak to go straight
  • Rocker: Curve in the keel from bow to stern the more pronounced the rocker is the more maneuverable the kayak will be
  • Rudder: Used to help steer the kayak by using foot pegs. When not being the rudder is stored on the back of the stern
  • Scupper: Holes that extend through the kayak (top to bottom) allows water to drain out
  • Scupper Plug: Rubber plugs that stop water from draining 
  • Skeg: Extension of the keel makes the kayak track better
  • Stern: Rear end of a boat
  • Tipping Point: The farthest point a kayak can tipped without being capsized 
  • Toggle: Handles that aid you when carrying a kayak (located on the bow and stern)

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