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  Posted by: bartc on Jan-29-14 8:36 AM (EST)

Just how fast do they think they paddle?
I find that I can easily keep pace with 14-16' boats my companions paddle, but I'm in a 9.5' Emotion Glide! The difference is in the paddler up to 4 mph or so, which is the speed I'm learning most people seem to do.
Of course, the longer skinnier boats can be paddled much faster - they're more efficient. Do they really use them that way, though? I'd question that.
So many other factors seem to be working here: waterline, length, width, hull shape, wind resistance, etc.
As to lighter, if you really want light, look at skin on frame kayaks. Can't get lighter than that, and they're strong too, and often fast. Not so easy to get these on the used market and they aren't cheaper, I've found. But they are certainly lighter.

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