An actual Canak owner...
Posted by: dilligaf0220 on Feb-11-14 4:49 PM (EST)
I always love these Canak posts, because they always end up full of conclusions, opinions, and just simply wrong info, all from people that for the most part haven't even seen one.
Seeing as how I am the only Canak owner that will likely be posting here, let me just clear a few things up.
I am not convinced that the hulls are the same between the Canak & the Prism. They come out of separate moulds, and they handle differently on the water. I haven't had a chance to lay the two side by side to see the differences, but I'll wager there is some. I believe this misconception started when Wenonah first released the Canak and the promo copy pushed the fact that it was "inspired" by the Prism, their #1 selling solo. But with Prisms being very rare in my neck of the woods, until I can crawl all over one next to my Canak noting the subtle differences I'll stick with the "inspired" connotation.
The Canak will be easier to paddle with a double blade, if that's the way you are going to go. But I paddle with a single and it paddles like a canoe, not like a kayak.
The seat height, and seat frame, is exactly the same between the two. The portaging yoke that clamps to the seat frame is the same. The only difference portaging is at 42lb my Canak is 8lb heavier than an Ultralight Prism, which is not an insignificant amount. That is the only real advantage the Prism has.
The "hatches" are huge by kayak standards, I can throw a 100L Woods Mason canoe pack into the back without figgling, the front is slightly tighter so you can't fit two full size canoe packs in and be able to put the fabric hatch covers back on. But I'm not sure how well two full size packs would fit in an open Prism anyway.
The lack of windage is what makes the Canak, if you are going to be paddling bigger lakes the Canak can take anything you are going to run into on inland lakes.
As another benefit, the "cockpit" is very open, not very kayak like at all. But just tight enough to brace your knees on the rim instead of having to brace with your feet & legs. Over the long haul it gives a very confidence inspiring feeling of being connected to the boat and not wearing your legs out when you are giving it the gas.
Over all I am in love with my Canak and don't see the need to get a second boat for small lake trips, I'd like it to be 10lbs lighter but I can live with a 40lb solo to port.
For your trip, why don't you split the difference and get one Prism & one Canak? I'd lay real money down that you would be fighting over the Canak after a couple of days.
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