Stitch-and-glue construction, along with the development of epoxy and modern mahogany marine plywood, has revolutionized and revitalized wooden boat building. this. Some modern boats vary considerably from a traditional design but still claim the title "kayak", for instance in eliminating the cockpit by seating the paddler on top. Kayaking is the use of a kayak for moving across water. it is distinguished from canoeing by the sitting position of the paddler and the number of blades on the paddle..