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Top 10 Reasons Kayaks are Better Than Canoes

Kayak or Canoe? You Decide

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While the relationship between canoeists and kayakers is generally copasetic, there is an unspoken superiority that each group usually feels over the other. It is similar to the sentiment between the skiers and snowboards that share a mountain. Both enjoy a level of camaraderie that comes from doing a common activity, both feel that they are doing it better than the other.

To add to the fray, here is a list of the benefits of paddling a kayak over a canoe. Please bear in mind these are generalizations and with the latest developments in boat technology these reasons do not hold true for all boats. If you are a true blue canoeist and take umbrage at anything listed here, please see the Top 10 Reasons Canoes are Better Than Kayaks.

  1. Kayaks are easier to paddle solo for beginners.
  2. Kayaks are more manueverable.
  3. Kayaks can keep gear dryer.
  4. Kayaks are faster- 2 blades are better than one!
  5. Kayaks can handle rougher conditions.
  6. Kayaks won't take on water when waves come over the bow.
  7. Kayaks keep the paddler protected from the elements.
  8. Kayaks are lighter to carry and easier to load on a roof rack.
  9. Kayaks have rudders to compensate for wind and currents.
  10. Kayaks allow the paddler to be closer to the water which is a great feeling.
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