When you look at the Canak vs. a Prism, you are basically looking at a decked canoe vs. an open canoe.
The primary benefit of a deck or spray cover on a solo canoe is that it reduces the wind effect by a noticeable amount. It will also keep spray and the occasional bit of slop out of the boat.
If you are thinking of a kayak vs. the Canak/Prism, ease of portaging the Canak/Prism might be something to consider.
The pedestal seat will accept the pedestal-mounted portage yoke http://wenonah.com/Items.aspx?id=59 which is very quick to put on and take off, as well as comfortable to use.
I also find a canoe (or the Canak) easier to load/unload because I don't have to break the gear down into small bags that will fit through the hatch.
Free Standing Boat Racks
Classic Freestanding Rack
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