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  Canoes vs Kayaks
  Posted by: vcmtthws on Jan-13-11 12:14 PM (EST)

Agree with you on that. As for the wind, I've found there to be a great difference in how canoes handle the wind based on their shapes, trim, load, and skill of the paddler. We were once airborne on a lake when we topped a wave right when a very strong gust of wind swept up the swell and under our hull. We were broadsided and left the water by just a foot or less...Then came down with a slide on the back of the wave. Never even started to flip. Had we been in a kayak, we probably wouldn't have noticed anything more than good blow over the wave.
I refer to our Kevlar canoes as kites and sails. This is more true when portaging them than on the water. However, for windy days, we've found that next to a heavy loaded canoe (which means you have to paddle a heavy loaded canoe) that a canoe cover works wonders...kinda like a windshield/windscreen. We can go from unmanageable to traveling by simply covering most the deck.
Thanks for the reply.

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