Canak vs solo canoe
Posted by: jenlipe on Feb-03-14 1:09 PM (EST)
We are going Boundary Water Canoeing Mid August (6 days/5 night-10-14 miles per day). I (Jen) have done Boundary Waters before and kayaked Apostle Islands and my husband (300lb) has done several 100 mile canoe trips. Our son (26) has canoe and kayak experience but not as much. The 4th in our group, 22 year old female with no experience. We had asked about kayaks for two of us to trade off on and a canoe for two.
We have never done a solo canoe or a canak. We had asked about a kayak (son is set on doing). Outfitter suggested the canaks first. Now he thought that a solo canoe (prism) would work better.
Looking for those of you that have experience using a canak and a solo in Boundary Waters and your opinions.
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Posted by: ezwater on Feb-03-14 4:58 PM (EST)
Posted by: jenlipe on Feb-03-14 6:32 PM (EST)
I have watched that video of the canaks numerous times and really wanted to take that. Just not sure about a solo canoe. Thanks,
Haven't paddled a Prism, but |
Posted by: ezwater on Feb-03-14 8:30 PM (EST)
I think you might be seated a bit higher, and would feel it to be a bit twitchier. The Prism is the type of canoe that wants to be paddled fairly hard. The Canuks are fast enough if you want fast, but are likely to feel better about casual paddling too. You have to guess the designer's goals to guess the behavior of the boats.
Posted by: pblanc on Feb-04-14 8:48 AM (EST)
I have paddled a Prism some. I have never paddled, or even seen a Canak outside of photos and videos.
Posted by: jenlipe on Feb-04-14 6:13 PM (EST)
Do you think I would be able to kneel to paddle in the Prism? I tend to paddle kneeling when in a canoe.
Posted by: pblanc on Feb-05-14 10:42 AM (EST)
Paddling a prism|
Posted by: duckhunter on Feb-17-14 7:48 PM (EST)
I have paddled a Prism a great deal and it is a nice handling boat. It tracks well and I have no trouble running class 2 whitewater with it. I can turn it much better than many people on this forum seem to believe one can.
Canak vs Prism|
Posted by: naconguy on Mar-05-14 6:10 PM (EST)
I believe that the Canak is based on a trimmed down version of the Prism. I have not paddled a Prism but have spent almost 30 years paddling the Wenonah Advantage, on large Adirondack lakes in 2-3 foot whitecaps. I have not been out on the Boundary Waters. Last year I purchased a Canak and love it. It is a very stable boat. Because of the deck and the trimmed down sides it does offer less wind resistance than the Prism. I believe loaded down it will be a fairly stable boat. The Canak also tracks very well. A lot of it depends upon the paddler's ability and use of common sense. It sounds like a great trip,enjoy!
Posted by: markk on Mar-16-14 6:55 PM (EST)
Canoe. Don't be a whimp. canoe is history and .... Are you a whimp?
I Vote for the Canak|
Posted by: portager on Mar-29-14 12:44 PM (EST)
I have used both in the boundary waters and prefer the Canak. It is more stable, wind resistant and faster than the Prism. For paddles, I would take both a double blade and a bent shaft. They both have their places in this boat. I really liked the large hatches for the portage packs. A Canak can be rented from Piragis (Ely) or Seagull Outfitters (Gunflint.)