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I've canoed about 50 years.
In that time I have owned probably 50 canoes, and 1 kayak. It mostly sat on a rack in a garage & gathered dust.
I hated it.
Makes my back hurt.
Not enough room to move around, and change positions.
I'm not into traveling light, and stuffing multiple bags into limited space is a pita I can live without.
I like having a cooler & all that a big one can carry. I like having extra space in a canoe; I equate traveling light with suffering needlessly.
You want to travel light; go for it.
When it's time for me to bail out of a canoe; I want out fast. Can't get out of kayak fast; my legs are too long.
Don't care about rolling, and don't like skirt covered cockpit.
A one bladed paddle is all I need to go where I want to go.
I'm not racing anyone; I have no need to go fast.
If I was into going fast; there are a lot of kayaks I could outrun in some canoes I own.
I don't really care what others want to paddle; that's their option.
...... so I don't know if there's anything I'd like about them . I have considered many things I don't think I'd like about them though .
Thought I was in a kayak once , but then I woke up ... good thing too because I was having a great deal of trouble and kept falling over in rough water ... I had a bomb proof roll but I don't think constant rolling is how one is suppose to kayak :-)
I've always enjoyed being in the canoe ...
hey! are you familiar with Tim Littlefield? He's a TV star on Discovery Channel......OK really only a byline....but as I watch, seems to be a legend...
paddle, with kayakers & kayaks only around, does go kayak. Happens about every other year....
I find myself kayaking more and canoeing less these days. c1s and ww canoes were becoming more painful on my knees as I entered my 50s. I'm not a boat snob although some boats are definitely better suited for some environments than others.
I think its natural to take pride in what you paddle and share kinship with those who enjoy the same things. Just be well rounded enough to know that your way isn't the only way or even the "best" way.
Of course "best" means many different things to different people- for me: its cheap, made out of plastic, comfortable, and likes to bounce off of rocks ...but I also enjoying learning about what others consider "best". I've got more growth potential here than on "boater talk" because the view is much more diverse. I'm looking to expand the number of different environments I paddle in. So I think location first, type of boat second.
Whatever and where ever we decide to paddle, we all need to keep it safe. Enjoy the diversity this website offers.
I stated my opinion; I gave reasons why I don't like kayaks. I don't seek, or need anybody's permission to state my opinion.
While stating my opinion I said, "You want to travel light; go for it".
Additionally, I said, "I don't really care what others want to paddle; that's up to them".
I fail to see why anyone feels the need to concern themselves with what I like, dislike, what I carry, or choose to paddle. Nor do I see the need for anyone to use labeling, and name calling as a retort to my opinion, or the opinion of others.
P.S. If I were "really" a religious fanatic, or rabid canoe only believer; I'd probably be telling some people to, "Kiss my strictly canoe turkey ass"! But I didn't say that; what I did say was, "I don't really care what other's want to paddle, that's up to them".