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I was with a group a couple weeks ago going down one of our major rivers. The IK's were all high-end stuff. They cruised through the class 2 wave-trains with ease, but on the flats, our piggish 16' Prospector canoe pulled away from them easily. And they were all young folk.
I can beat the speed of that Prospector easily in my solo canoe. I can beat the speed of the solo canoe when the wind comes up in my wife's high-end 12' rec-kayak. In all three of them, I can avoid bashing on rocks in up to class 2 - and especially anywhere I might want to fish (not that any of them are at all fragile). A proper 14-16' touring kayak will be even faster. And I use knives and hooks without a care - and don't need a patch kit. You do the math.
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