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  I see no benefit to a decked canoe ...
  Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Feb-05-14 9:39 AM (EST)

... 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.

 Great Products from the Buyers' Guide:

Portage Carts/Carriers

Kong Cable

Bug Shelters

Gedi Convertible Helmet

URCHIN Portable Anchor

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