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Unless it's in a pretty good wind. Add in the speed that a person can paddle and it tends to get faster... :-)
so many thing come into this.
i did get around 6.3mph in a ultimate 14 and a pamlico 135t solo...sher there not suposeto be fast yak..but those were on gps and i was not alone..so true numbers.
but this was for sec ,,kllike a blast and that was it..but a 4 is pretty easy to keep in those two and even on my tarpon 140 and my trident 15.
again tons off stuff is playing in this.
the paddle you use
the water you are in..current and all.
the physiques off the paddler..heart and all.
but let say its not a huge deference...but one or 2 mph is still alot if you paddle for hours.at the end off the day that still gone to be a few mph less done.in a trip.
but for small few h trip..hey its all good...its not racing its enjoy time on water.
the most important thing ..is what you like as speed....if its 2mph gor for it if its more hey its the same.
You know how cats do that massage thing with their front paws... Every stroke, just give a little massage push on the foot pedal of the stroke side. After some while, your torso will want to get in on the rhythm. Then you'll find yourself pushing a bit harder with your feet, and doing more work with you torso. If you have a GPS running, you'll see an uptick in speed.
Whenever you notice you're not doing it, start with the cat massage. At some point it should become automatic.
3.6 mph equals about 3 knots which is the most often cited figure I've encountered as average (or normal) cruising speed for a sea kayak. However, for a solo canoe it sounds fast... but then again I can't paddle a canoe straight at any speed ;-)
Celia's response of 'Zero' is my fav on this thread, as a kayak has no inherent speed....
I read somewhere that painting flames on the hull will help increase the speed. I think I will give that a try.
7mph.. yeah, either your GPS is broken or you just won the Olympics!
In my opinion 3mph cruising is about the average without wind, current for normal human beings in a non-racing kayak. 4mph is pulling hard, 5mph is vigorous and quite an achievement for longer than an hour.
I have a 14" recreational Perception America, it's not a racing one for sure, but I am more athletic than the average. I can cruise with 3-4mph for several hours, 5mph is about the max.
Like some others wrote, don't worry about speed, just enjoy paddling!