Kayarchy - the sea kayaker's free online handbook


Kayarchy is all about sea kayaking

Choosing a sea kayak, wind and waves, rolling, reading a chart, becoming a group leader

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Aluminium closed mould for rotomoulding

June 2024: Here on a little island off the west coast of Scotland we have a new project!

Polyethylene rotomoulding of kayaks and canoes.

Do you have manufacturing knowledge? If so, we'll be very glad to hear from you.

Our first task: Find a reputable maker of closed aluminium moulds for smallcraft. Please get in touch - here


The kayak is far and away the best one-man boat in existence.” - Fridtjof Nansen.
This big free website is mainly about the technique for using a Greenland sea kayak.
But we'll also have a look at sit-on-top kayaks, and at paddling + sailing outrigger canoes.

Greenland-style sea kayak


Kayarchy section summaries:


Sea kayaking overview
Compared with other sports

About Kayarchy
Get in touch
Metric measurements
Legal notice & privacy policy

Translation project:
— bilingual text
— international glossary

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Section 1 - Equipment:
Equipment checklists
The sea kayak
Other kayaks
Outrigger canoes
Kayak accessories
The paddle
Clothing, personal buoyancy, tow-belt
Distress signals & rescue
Repair, storage & maintenance
Kayak bow  
Section 2 - Technique:
Paddling your sea kayak
Kayaking on fast-moving water
Kayaks & surf
Rolling your kayak
Rafting-up & towing
Deep-water rescue & self-rescue
Sea kayak navigation
Organising a day-trip
Overnight trips
Kayaking safely:
— Cold shock, swim failure & hypothermia
— Getting run over
— Hand/arm over-use syndromes

— Dislocated shoulder

— Rockfall & icefall

— Solo kayaking
Kayaker rolling  
Section 3 - The Sea & The Weather:
Predicting the weather
Professional weather forecasts
Maritime weathercock  
Section 4 - Access & Environment:

Access to the water
Protecting the environment
Codes of practice
Coastal & sea creatures

European otter  
Section 5 - Activities:
Courses & holidays in the UK
Courses & holidays elsewhere
Tours, treks, races & raids
Meetings & symposia
Maritime festivals
Kayakers waving  
Section 6 - Kayarchy Shopping:

Kayak shops

Sea kayaks to fit adults
Sea kayaks to fit children
Surf kayaks
Fast touring kayaks
Sea kayak kits and plans
Online yacht chandlers (fittings, rope and paint)
Materials for SOF (skin-on-frame) boats

Gemma in kayak kit  
Section 7 - Links to Other Websites
Section 8 - Table of Contents and Index
Section 9 - articles about kayaking and nature


Sailing canoes in 1895.
From Dixon Kemp's "A Manual of Yacht and Boat Sailing"


Skin-on-frame boats.
SOF kayaks, canoes, curraghs and more; light, fast and fun to build.


More articles to follow ... when I have time. In the meantime, if you'd like to see the first few pages of a forthcoming detailed Technical Article about Skin-on-Frame Construction, you're welcome - click here.
1. "Sea Kayaking Guide - Brittany - 60 paddles" (2013)
- detailed guidebook by Véronique Olivier and Guy Lecointre.


More reviews to follow ... when I have time




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