The short answer is that kayaking vs canoeing is a toss-up. On the one hand, kayaks are relatively cheaper than canoes and have additional benefits such as added stability and maneuverability. They are also easier to navigate because their hulls are more compact. They are not as strong or durable as canoes, but have many more advanced features including motorization and built-in storage areas for kayaks and other boats. There are drawbacks, too.
One of the key factors in deciding between kayaking or canoeing is the type of water sports you plan on doing. If you enjoy deep water fishing or kayaking for fun, then the inboard/outboard motorized kayak is probably your best suited choice. It’s also popular among adventurers because of its ability to stand up to even the harshest conditions. However, if you are looking for an activity where you will be “put to the test” but still enjoy a great time, then go with the canoe. Kayaking is generally less expensive; it’s just that you have to consider how much of an active lifestyle you want to maintain as you explore the lakes, rivers and seas.
There are some fundamental differences between kayaking or canoeing. The main ones to start with how the paddle moves. Canoes have paddles attached to the rear, whereas most kayaks are either self-propelled or have to be towed along with the boat by using specially designed paddles. Those with rear-mounted paddles, however, tend to be more stable and easier to move; in general, this is a better option for two people.
In terms of durability, both types of kayaking or canoeing are fairly durable, although kayaks tend to be more durable in rough water and when exposed to more wear and tear. On the other hand, canoes are usually more durable when it comes to rough waters. If you are going on a kayaking trip where you will be kayaking against the current, most of the time, then it would be more practical to go with a canoe.
Another thing worth noting are the design differences between kayaking or canoeing. Although canoes have been around for quite a long time, they are now increasingly made with better waterproofing, storage space features. Kayaks on the other hand are more streamlined than canoes in their designs. Of course, canoes can also be made with a single seat, but most people opt for the 2-person capacity of kayaks.
One obvious characteristic of the kayak is the fact that it is propelled by using the person’s own propulsion rather than using an external motor. For most kayakers, this means being much more confident and experience a much greater degree of control over the boat. Most kayaks however, require a motor to operate, either via an internal combustion engine or an electric motor. This makes it important that the kayak can be effectively designed so as not to make use of unwanted energy sources.
A major advantage of kayaking is that it allows you to get out on the water relatively quickly. This allows you to practice and refine your skills in safety and navigation. However, canoes are also designed to have additional storage space and to be more ergonomically friendly. As a result, you may find yourself spending significantly more time in the kayak, depending on how you use it.
One final difference between the two recommended styles of kayaking is in terms of price. Canoes are typically more expensive to buy. Especially if you need a high quality kayak, it may well be more cost effective to purchase an inflatable kayak. However, you may want to consider the negative image that such a purchase may create. In addition, although an inflatable kayak offers additional comfort, it may also be harder to paddle. Paddle quickly though, and this difference will become apparent.