A used Lightspeed Fusion kayak has shown up in my local market and in trying to do a bit of research to learn about them I noticed that the bow design of that kayak seems different than any others I’ve really seen. The front of the bow is almost vertical and seems to sit fairly high out of the water. I’m just curious if anyone has any thoughts on why it might be designed like that?
It seemed like it would be really susceptible to getting blown around by the wind, but maybe there’s some other benefit I don’t know about? The company seems to mainly make longer sea kayaks, and the others don’t seem to share this bow shape.
It looks like this model came out in 2006, so is this just an older design style? Or am I really overthinking this, and it’s actually common, but I just haven’t noticed. The image below is from their website.
I’m just curious about how different shapes change the paddling of different kayaks.