The term hybrid kayak can refer to a vessel that is a cross between a kayak and a canoe. This type of vessel is designed to offer the best of both worlds – the accessibility and storage capabilities of a canoe, and the easy maneuverability of a kayak. These hybrid kayaks come in a variety of lengths, from 12 to 16 feet.
The term hybrid kayak may also refer to a cross between a recreational kayak and a sea kayak. Sea kayaks are seaworthy and have more storage and comfort for longer trips on bays, inlets, and oceans. The video below highlights the characteristics of this type of vessel.
Another type of hybrid kayak is the Sup-Yak, a unique design that allow the operator to stand and paddle or fish, and also control the boat from a seated position.
Kayaks were developed more than 4,000 years ago by people indigenous to the Arctic. The original kayaks were made of stitched seal or other animal skins pulled over a wooden frame.
Kayaks are used for recreation, exercise, fishing, hunting, adventure, exploration, and travel.
Popular manufacturers of hybrid kayaks include Native Watercraft, Wilderness Systems, Mad River Canoe, and Guillemot Kayaks.