Letter: Kayaks clarified

Your story on kayaking on local waters was misleading.

To read the article, you would think that you could just take the kayak that you used running the rapids on the Rappahannock to floating on a pond or a lake.

But there are really two different kinds of kayaks — river kayaks and flatwater or ocean kayaks.

A river kayak is short with no keel or rudder, so it can turn very quickly in a confined space. A flatwater kayak is longer and thinner, with a sharper, keel-like hull and sometimes a rudder, so that it will track in a straight line.

Thomas Randolph

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