I don't like it. Others obviously do.
To me, it's a gimmicky compromise. The decks add weight and waste space. They make it difficult to access gear while on the water and to store an extra paddle or two.
Worst, it's not a kneeling canoe. I much prefer a hull specifically designed for kneeling, but that's just me. If one wants to double blade, it doesn't matter that much.
Decked canoes have never been very popular for fresh flat water paddling. They make more sense to me if they have a rudder. Then, they are really big water and wind resistant machines.
The idea of renting one decked and one open canoe is a good one. One trip isn't going to be affected much either way by any reasonable hull, but over time paddlers build up preferences.
Reflective Hull Decals
URCHIN Portable Anchor
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