Canoe vs. Kayak: Weighing The Advantages
The natural waters of Moab are meant to experienced up close. This season, if you’re looking to relax and get out on the water, you’ve got several options open to you. Should you take a canoe out on the river, or is a kayak better suited? How do you make the decision? Here’s how to settle the canoe vs. kayak question with your personal needs and tastes in mind.
What’s The Difference?
The first issue you might face when asking the canoe vs. kayak question is a basic one – how are they different? It all comes down to design. Canoes have open tops, and occupants sit on benches. In most cases, there is one bench at the front, and one at the rear. Kayaks, on the other hand, have closed tops. When most people think of a kayak, they think of the sit-in variety, where the pilot of the kayak is surrounded at the waist. However, there are also sit-on-top kayaks, a more modern alternative.
There’s one distinct difference has nothing to do with the actual boat itself. Canoes have single-blade paddles, making it necessary to either alternate sides when paddling or have two people paddling, one on each side. Kayaks, on the other hand, have double-bladed paddles for more efficient propulsion through water.
Canoe vs. Kayak Advantages
Both canoes and kayaks have distinct qualities to offer if you’re looking to get out on the river. With canoes, you’ll enjoy a lot more comfort. Some experienced paddlers say that you’re essentially “wearing” a sit-in kayak, since it encloses around you. This isn’t the case with canoes, since the open structure allows more room for not only you, but any gear you’re transporting as well. This also makes canoes a better choice for camping or fishing trips. Canoes are also the more stable option, which makes them perfect if you’re taking children or dogs on the river with you.
On the other hand, kayaks are built for efficient performance. Paddling is easier, and the length of the kayak (when compared to canoes) translates to speed as you glide through the water. Kayaks are also much easier to transport out of the water. And if you’re the adventurous type, you’ll appreciate how close a kayak can get you to the river. A canoe lifts you significantly above the surface, but a kayak will have you practically sitting at water level.
Make The Choice
When you set out on your next river adventure, ask yourself a few questions. Are you paddling with a group, or going solo? What kind of gear will you be bringing along? How much cargo room is in your car or van? By thinking about these things, you’ll be able to tackle the great canoe vs. kayak debate. And if you want to try canoeing or kayaking on beautiful Moab rivers with expert guidance, get in touch with Canyon Voyages today!
We can’t wait to lead you down the river on the adventure of a lifetime.