Kayaks are narrow, lightweight watercraft that are typically paddled. The word “kayak” derives from the Greenlandic word qajaq, meaning narrow. This small, narrow watercraft is used for paddling and for fishing. Its name has many different meanings, depending on where it comes from. Originally, the kayak was a traditional way to travel on a lake. Today, kayaks are often used for recreation and racing.
The construction of a kayak involves molding a sheet over a male mold. A layer of high-impact ABS plastic serves as the base layer, while the outer layer is a modified acrylic. This manufacturing method also results in a lower-priced finished product. This process is much less expensive than that of composite boats. It involves heating a layered sheet and forming it over a mold. Afterward, the molded sheet is shaped to conform to the shape of the male mold.