In the kayak, I end up packing many items loose and anything that has to be dry is in a smaller dry bag. It is time consuming to fit the load into the little nooks of the kayak. So, the load is impractical to unload and carry 6 or 8 times a day like we ended up doing on my one trip to the BWCA.
In the canoe, I had two larger packs. Packing the boat is accomplished by dumping the packs into the bow or stern, which takes all of a minute. Much more practical. And I could not carry my sea kayak and a pack at the same time. Even if I got an ultralight sea kayak, it is hard to imagine how I could carry it, foam shoulder pad or no, at the same time as a pack.
So, the practicalities of portaging is, I think, why you don't see sea kayaks in the BWs.
Recreational Kayak Paddle
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