Originally Posted by Lipets
I spend a lot of time on the water in summer sailing so I have trouble looking at water and not being on it.
If I went to an area that had a lake or river, it woulld be nice to get out there and scout it out.
Which is easier to paddle, which may be easier on your back and curled up legs etc?
I use open sit-on top kayaks, there are pros and cons to those vs enclosed cockpit. That's another discussion.
For a single paddler, I much prefer a kayak. They are much more maneuverable, I like the independance of paddling at my own speed and direction, vs paddling a canoe with someone else. For these same reasons, I prefer single over tandom kayaks. Yes, a canoe can be paddled solo.
Kayaks do better in windy conditions. For example:
We had a group paddling canoes on the Colorado river when we encountered high winds. We began having difficulties, one canoe was blown over when the wind caught the bottom surface of the canoe as it crested a wind wave. As a result of the wind, the group was scattered. My son had the only kayak in the group. He was able to paddle against the wind, as well as crossways to it with little effort as he became our messenger to the different groups of paddlers. As a result, we were able to make a plan where we wouldn't have otherwise due to the dangerous conditions.
I'm not saying that I dislike canoes at all, I like both - they're just different.