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  Posted by: old_user on Sep-10-10 9:39 PM (EST)
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whats the average speed of a touring kayak?i used my gps and i only go 2.9 mph. so i got to thinking whats the average speed of a touring kayak

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  The average speed of a touring
  Posted by: jackL on Sep-11-10 5:23 AM (EST)
kayak depends on the paddler.
from my observations:
If he is racing it is anywhere between 5 and 7 MPH.
If he is just out nature watching/exploring it is between 3 and 4 MPH
If he is wants to get from point A to point B without getting aerobic it is about 4 MPH

Jack L

  Posted by: shiraz627 on Sep-11-10 6:38 AM (EST)
on the hull design, cadence of the paddler, water conditions.

I'm guessing with my QCC 400x I average about 3mph but have been in the 4mph range when I kick it up a notch but that is not why I kayak.
  am i am coredt
  Posted by: old_user on Sep-11-10 7:24 AM (EST)
in then fact the sooedm on the kayqk isthats a fast kayakcins unstable:
  Posted by: spidersplash on Sep-11-10 8:26 AM (EST)
Faster than fast...for that good feeling on your rate of speed your travelling at 4.667 km per hour.
... there doesn't that sound faster already..?
works for me :->
  Not at all.
  Posted by: jackL on Sep-11-10 8:39 AM (EST)
there again it depends on the paddler

When I first started kayaking, I was in a little wide recreation kayak, and anything longer and narrower felt tippier to me.
As time went by, and I gained confidence and skill, and then bought a longer and narrower kayak. I had absolutely no problem at all with that kayak, and eventually I wanted something faster so I bought one that was 21" wide.
In the years I have had it, I have been in some very rough seas, and have never felt unstable in it.

I am pretty sure if when I started kayaking I ran right out and bought a long skinny kayak I probably would have been capasizing on a daily basis.

I have often thought, and several times have posted it here; " kayaks and canoes don't tip over. People tip them over"

Jack L
  In my experience.
  Posted by: zenrider on Sep-11-10 10:03 AM (EST)
After a few seasons of racing, I have to say it is about 80% paddler, 20% the boat you are paddling.

Of course there are some limitations. But great paddlers can make almost anything fly. And less skilled paddlers will struggle to make anything keep up even a modest pace. My Heritage 9.5 travels 3.2 like it is on cruise control. You don't even have to think about it. Bringing it up to 4 will get you concentrating and breathing. Past four is for Hercules.

Four is a good average for the average touring boat in the 14 foot range. Putsing along about 3 in that boat of your's is about what you could expect. You will gain a little bit as your technique improves. You shouldn't feel poorly about cruising around at 3 in that thing.
  what's the hurry?
  Posted by: sapien on Sep-11-10 10:44 AM (EST)
don't worry about your speed unless you're going on a multi-day trip, or paddling with a group and you really can't keep up. focus on developing your paddling form, and your speed will naturally come up a bit. on a 10-mile paddle the difference between averaging 3 mph and 3.5 mph is less than half an hour.

enjoy the scenery, keep an eye out for wildlife, explore the coves and marshes and tributaries, get out and take a little side hike.
  lots of a1 advice
  Posted by: old_user on Sep-11-10 6:40 PM (EST)
thank you
  this is way better then biking
  Posted by: old_user on Sep-11-10 9:14 PM (EST)
i spent 1 year saveing for a bike then it broke on me in like 3 months just as i was geting good dang rear casete just striped out it was a schwin bike i used to think they was good i like the kayaks way better less moveing parts unless i break lol
  How much or how fast?
  Posted by: davemcadoo on Sep-12-10 3:24 PM (EST)
I am half deaf so I get a rush out of going fast. Expensive hearing aids not good ofr wet. I took me to 2hours and 25 minutes to do 14 miles in the lighthouse to lighthouse race. My eft was in touring class. PEOPLE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN SPEED
  7 km/hr
  Posted by: matmac on Sep-12-10 10:09 PM (EST)
..or a bit less than 5mph is what I do in my Necky Looksha 17 on a fairly steady, going somewhere, paddle. If I paddle hard, probably about 9 or 10 Km/hr but not for very long. combination of getting old and not really wanting to go anywhere in a hurry anyway.
As mentioned above, if I paddled the same stroke in different boat, results would vary accordingly.
  Posted by: Celia on Sep-15-10 1:59 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Sep-15-10 2:08 PM EST --

Unless it's in a pretty good wind. Add in the speed that a person can paddle and it tends to get faster... :-)

  Posted by: old_user on Sep-26-10 4:14 AM (EST)
"Unless it's in a pretty good wind. Add in the speed that a person can paddle and it tends to get faster... :-)
Absolutely spot on Celia, well said :-)
  I just did 5 miles on the Pawtucket
  Posted by: ezwater on Sep-15-10 8:47 PM (EST)
in SW Rhode Island, with almost no current helping me, in a 15' whitewater boat, in exactly 2 hours. I was pressing a little at times.

Us whitewater types can easily get unrealistic when paddling with no current. On any moving ww river, 5 miles is nothing, but on that flatwater run (one class 2 through a broken dam), I got kinda whipped.
  Paddle Speed
  Posted by: deral on Sep-16-10 6:58 AM (EST)
Your age, physical condition, type of kayak, weather conditions, (and I'm sure there are other factors) can influence your speed.
For me, under normal conditions, between 2.5 and 5 MPH.
With a shark or alligator behind be, about 116.5 MPH !
  Posted by: joco on Sep-16-10 2:24 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Sep-16-10 3:33 PM EST --

so many thing come into this.

i did get around 6.3mph in a ultimate 14 and a pamlico 135t solo...sher there not suposeto be fast yak..but those were on gps and i was not true numbers.

but this was for sec ,,kllike a blast and that was it..but a 4 is pretty easy to keep in those two and even on my tarpon 140 and my trident 15.

again tons off stuff is playing in this.

padddler weight
paddler experience
the wind
the paddle you use
the water you are in..current and all.
the physiques off the paddler..heart and all.

but let say its not a huge deference...but one or 2 mph is still alot if you paddle for the end off the day that still gone to be a few mph less a trip.

but for small few h trip..hey its all good...its not racing its enjoy time on water.


the most important thing what you like as speed....if its 2mph gor for it if its more hey its the same.



  im still slow
  Posted by: old_user on Sep-17-10 3:13 PM (EST)
at 2.9 mph and when im lazy even slower soon as i fix seat i think ill do beter plus i just use arms some reason i cant get used to usesing body to
  start by pretending you're a cat
  Posted by: EdZep on Sep-17-10 3:44 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Sep-17-10 3:50 PM EST --

You know how cats do that massage thing with their front paws... Every stroke, just give a little massage push on the foot pedal of the stroke side. After some while, your torso will want to get in on the rhythm. Then you'll find yourself pushing a bit harder with your feet, and doing more work with you torso. If you have a GPS running, you'll see an uptick in speed.

Whenever you notice you're not doing it, start with the cat massage. At some point it should become automatic.

  yep gps here
  Posted by: old_user on Sep-17-10 3:54 PM (EST)
glad i bought this thing when it was on sale comes in handy for hikeing and kayaking im glad i got a yak with them feet rest
  Posted by: old_user on Sep-17-10 3:54 PM (EST)
5,6,7mph in rec boats! Some of you guys must be world class paddlers to get that kind of speed from a rec. boat. Ragz, do not believe half of what is written in this post. To paddle faster you need to increase your cadence plain and simple. However not at the expense of technique. To paddle faster you don`t paddle harder your cadence gets faster. Surprised some of these pro`s didn`t tell you that.
  my goal is 3.5
  Posted by: old_user on Sep-17-10 4:21 PM (EST)
i figure ill keep that goal but some day im for sure going to get a faster yak and one with dry storage
  It really depends on the color
  Posted by: jimyaker on Sep-27-10 11:03 AM (EST)
The red ones are fast.

jim :-)
  Posted by: shiraz627 on Sep-27-10 12:34 PM (EST)
I just did a 7.8 mile loop around a lake in my Placid Boat Works Spitfire 12 and averaged 3.6mph according to my Garmin GPS.
  About 3 knots
  Posted by: wilsoj2 on Sep-27-10 5:47 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Sep-27-10 5:48 PM EST --

3.6 mph equals about 3 knots which is the most often cited figure I've encountered as average (or normal) cruising speed for a sea kayak. However, for a solo canoe it sounds fast... but then again I can't paddle a canoe straight at any speed ;-)

Celia's response of 'Zero' is my fav on this thread, as a kayak has no inherent speed....

  Close to zero
  Posted by: jimyaker on Sep-27-10 6:44 PM (EST)
When you average out 70+ miles per hours on the roads, 3 mph on the water for trips, and then all the time they are stored in the garage, it's slightly above zero, but practically zero. The more you drive it around and paddle, the higher the average.

Based on the last month, my kayak went about 200 miles on the roads, 8.5 miles on the river, so 208.5 miles in 720 hours is about .29 miles per hour.

  Posted by: old_user on Sep-27-10 6:55 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Sep-27-10 7:02 PM EST --

I read somewhere that painting flames on the hull will help increase the speed. I think I will give that a try.

  Finally got some rain last night
  Posted by: dan4sea on Sep-27-10 7:08 PM (EST)
my Explorer filled up in less than 12 hours - drought is not over but it is a start
  avaerage speed
  Posted by: doublebarrelpete on Nov-11-13 4:45 PM (EST)
i am sure the question was a serious one.

If you crossed a lake that is 2 NM accross in 2 hours back and forth then you did 4nm in those 2 hours. Or 2 knots. and i am thinking for navigational purposes that maybe a good number.


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