Posted by: oldgeezer1 on Jan-28-13 6:55 PM (EST)
I think the lines blur a bit between kayak and canoe when you start trying to define one or the other.
Kayaks are generally decked....but there are decked canoes. Canoes are generally knelt in...but there are canoes you sit in.
Canoes you sit in generally have a seat...but there are pack boats where you sit on "the floor"
Either boat can be paddled double or single bladed.
I think that to define a kayak versus a canoe that the amount of draft would be a critical factor.
Good point above about rec boats getting more people involved in kayaking. I can buy that. But still don't necessarily concede that they are kayaks. They are...boats. And there is nothing wrong with boats. I just prefer kayaks and canoes....ha, ha.
By the way, I play miniature golf....can I tell others that I am a golfer? I am sure that miniature golf has caused the sport of golf to grow. It's still golf right?
I have a BMX bike too, so I also consider myself an avid cyclist.
I know, I know. I am pushing it. Sorry.
I agree that there are blurred lines. Just frustrating a little when no one understands your sport because all they can envision is the "miniature golf" version of that sport and most people have absolutely no concept of what...true...sea kayaking is about.
While both sports have their place and merit, I would argue that they are rather distinctly different.
With all due respect of course...