Kayak fact sheet 2

Are you kayaking, canoeing or rafting?

kay·ak also kai·ak n.

An Inuit or Eskimo boat consisting of a light wooden frame covered with watertight skins except for a single or double opening in the centre, and propelled by a double-bladed paddle. A lightweight canoe that is similar in design.

inflatable kayaks: The boats are part raft, part kayak. They provide the buoyancy of a raft, and the manoeuvrability of a kayak. Inflatable kayaks offer stability and comfort to neophyte kayakers. Because inflatable kayaks tend to be more forgiving than hard-shell kayaks, inflatables open up white-water opportunities for those who do not know how to roll or feel uncomfortable in a closed deck white-water kayak. More skilled kayakers are able to surf and run steep drops.

canoe \Ca*noe”\, n.; pl. Canoes. [Sp. canoa, fr. Caribbean can[‘a]oa.]

A boat formed from the trunk of a tree, excavated, by cutting of burning, into a suitable shape. It is propelled by a paddle or paddles, or sometimes by sail, and has no rudder. Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.

Canoes are great for cruising the lake, looking for the perfect fishing hole or taking extended day trips on larger lakes and rivers. It is also a very versatile activity – from canoe camping to whitewater canoeing.

raft1 n.

A flat structure typically made of planks, logs, or barrels that floats on water and is used for transport or as a platform for swimmers. A flat-bottom inflatable craft for floating or drifting on water: shooting the rapids in a rubber raft.

Information excerpts from http://www.outdoorplay.com.

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