Parts of the Boat
There is a lot of specialist terminology used in kayaking. Every different part of the boat has a specific name and purpose. Knowing what everythings called and what its use is will help you communicate with other boaters and understand whats going on in your kayak.
How to know the parts of your kayak
Heres our quick guide to the different parts of the kayak
Bow – The front of the boat
Stern / Tail – The back of the boat
Deck – The top of the boat
Hull – The bottom of the boat
Seat / Chair – A kayak will either have a stand alone chair that is attached to the kayak or a seat built into the shape of the deck of the boat. A chair will often have an adjustable back rest and a height adjustment systems. Where as a seat will have a backrest to lean against.
Footrests – The part at the bow of your kayak designed to support your feet. If you place you feet against the footrest you can use it to help control your kayak
Grab Handles / Security Loops – The handles found on the bow and stern of the kayak that can be used to carry, secure or rescue a kayak
Drain Bung / Plug – The hole with a bung at the stern of the kayak that can be used to drain water from the kayak
Edge / Rail – The lines that run from the front to the back of the boat that help control and steer the boat as you paddle through the water.
Its a good idea to check your kayak each time before you head to the river to make sure everything is in place and in good working order so that you can have the best days paddling possible.