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Difference Between a Canoe and a Kayak?
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Wed Apr 12 2017, 03:33PM
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Sorry if this is a silly question but what is the difference between a canoe and a kayak? I'm new so I'd really appreciate it if someone could explain this to me.
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Tue Apr 25 2017, 02:22AM
Location: Missouri Ozarks
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Probably the simplest thing to do would be to Google them both, and look at pictures.
Our Canoe is an old aluminum Osagian Classic. It is 17 foot long, 36" wide, and 13" deep, and has 2 raised seats. You set with your feet pretty much under you. In our kayaks you set with your feet out in front of you, like in a recliner with the foot rest up. We have canoe seats that are similar to stadium seats mounted to the factory metal seats in the canoe. Normally you have 2 people in a canoe, but it will hold 4 and gear. I believe ours will carry almost 800 pounds total.
Kayaks are normally for a single person, and will not hold very many pounds of gear. I believe my kayak is rated for around 300 pounds total.
Normally you paddle a canoe with a single blade paddle, while the kayak paddle is a double blade design.
Our 17 foot aluminum canoe is normally faster on the water than a recreational kayak.
Our canoe weighs 79 pounds without the added seats. A kayak is much lighter.
Most kayaks in my area are from 10 - 12 feet in length, so they are easier to haul. We can just throw the kayaks in the truck bed, and tie them in. The canoe required a Reese Hitch extender that extend back about 4 feet past the end of the tailgate to support the canoe. ( Short Bed RAM).
I jumped around a lot, but I think you have a little better idea of the differences.

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Tue Apr 25 2017, 02:14PM
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Fri Apr 28 2017, 08:52AM
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CoolKayaker21 wrote ...

Sorry if this is a silly question but what is the difference between a canoe and a kayak? I'm new so I'd really appreciate it if someone could explain this to me.

As you're new to the sport, here's an excellent discussion of the different types of kayaks.
[Click Here]

Well worth the time reading through the entire site.
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Thu Jun 15 2017, 10:08PM
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FWIW, I took a paddling course in Canada many years ago and, because they had boats that looked nearly identical but called one a canoe, and one a kayak, I asked the same question. The answer was that the paddler sits in a kayak, and kneels in a canoe.

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