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  kayak vs canoe
  Posted by: remy4u97 on Jan-12-11 6:28 AM (EST)

I agree with the article in principle, Thats assuming we are talking sit in kayaks and heavy material. There are sit on top kayaks which offer the open cockpit of a canoe and made in materials light enough to portage by carry, cart or shoulder strap. Paddles break down. Pound for pound the canoe can carry more imho, but if packed right the kayak is just fine. I can portage through the Adirondacks with camping gear for one. Now I would take my hornbeck at 10 pounds over a kayak for a portage any day, but thats a different dog. I think in the end its a preference thing.

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  Kayak vs. Canoe
  Posted by: dring on Jan-12-11 8:40 AM (EST)
I did a solo in the BWCA in June with my kayak. I was much faster on the water and just as fast on every portage that I took. I single portaged with my kayak, I was ready to portage the kayak in 5 minutes or less, and I could go on big water with big waves. I believe the article was not totally researched.

  Sit on Tops and Inflatables.
  Posted by: ronwagn on Jan-12-11 8:29 PM (EST)
I would guess that there are a lot more sit on tops and inflatables than traditional sit in kayaks today. I have a 17 ft Old Town Discovery Canoe. It is a great boat, but heavy to handle for one person, and catches the wind. It is nearly impossible to handle, in the wind, without weighting down the front. I have a 17 foot inflatable Sevylor Ocean Kayak that catches far less wind, and is much easier to handle. For the average person it is far more useful in a wide variety of conditions;ocean, whitewater, sailing, wind. It has a self bailing option also. It is easy to use with a sail, with no outriggers. You can sit on the side of it if you wish. It carries over 800 pounds as well as the canoe. It will take three people, two paddlers.

The canoe has an advantage if you want to carry it on your neck, but I would rather drag the boat anyway. I am not interested in portaging much, but would like other opinions on dragging versus carrying. I would use a harness to pull it, and appropriate dolly.

I also own a sit on top, which is my main boat for individual use. SOT's come with up to three paddling positions.

Canoes are great, with buoyancy bags strapped in, but that uses up a lot of the space. I have seen white water canoeists, using the kneeling position, and the buoyancy bags. I am not qualified to comment on the pros and cons of that. There are kayaks made specifically for any kind of condition also. Not so much with canoes.
  kayak vs. canoe
  Posted by: old_user on Jan-12-11 10:23 AM (EST)
I also agree with this article. Good to be open minded as both boats have their own purpose. Canoes seem to work well with hunting, camping, fishing. Kayaks seem to excel with off shore conditions. Canoes have the ability to be paddled or poled standing up. Most kayaks have enclosed bulkheads to prevent swamping. Both boats serve a practical need and as Cliff mentioned, it depends what that need is. I canoe 80% of the time I paddle but still like going in the kayak on occasion.


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