Here is the long-awaited fourth video in my series on the differences between recreational, whitewater, and sea kayaks. This video covers the characteristics of “sit-on-top” kayaks which can be designed for recreational use, whitewater paddling, and sea kayaking. So if you are looking to get started in kayaking, you still need to understand the differences between these other three styles of kayaks first, and then you can decide whether the “sit-on-top” or conventional “sit-inside” models will better suit what you want to do on the water.
One point that I forgot to mention in the video is that many sit-on-top kayaks have small “pad-eyes” or attachment points so that you can add a seat or thigh straps to the boat. The sea obviously adds comfort. The addition of thigh straps can give you more control so that you can edge, brace, and even possibly roll a sit-on-top.
Canoecopia is just around the corner, and many of you will be looking to buy a kayak. I hope the four videos that I have posted will be of help to some of you. You can also find all of my videos on YouTube. If you have any questions after watching them, you are always welcome to shoot me an e-mail.