Small Boat Design

Discussions around designing small boats including kayaks and canoes.

Take a Bow

Seaward kayaks have these really neat upswept greenland bows that look really cool - but are they really effective? I mean, say a big 4' wave is about to wash over you bow to stern, is the long big swwopy bow actually lifting THE WHOLE DECK higher out of the water, or is it just allowing a teeny part of the upraised bow to poke out of the froth while the rest of the kayak is just as wet as a lesser upturned bow. Frankly, pretty as they are, the first thing i think of with upturned bows and sterns is weathercocking. Im curious others think here. Interestingly Nicks kayaks dont have those wildly swooping bows and sterns, any thoughts here?