... for relatively inexperienced paddlers paddling solo with kayak paddles on a lengthy trip with portages.
Open canoes are lighter, easier to load and unload, and easier to carry than decked canoes of a similar length.
The decks may be of some advantage in heavy wind and wave conditions, which, however, inexperienced paddlers may be smarter to sit out anyway.
PFD's (Life Jackets)
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