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Your Yak Or Mine: Canoe Or Kayak???

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On: Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 5:22PM | By: Mel The Guide

Hi, everyone, Mel the Guide here from Coast Kayak, in sunny south west Florida.

Well, we just returned from a forty-eight day adventure on the road. We did a road trip from Florida to California, British Columbia, Yellowstone National Park, the Tetons, and then across the plains states to Florida again. We got in a lot of paddling, mountain biking, and driving.

We have been home a few weeks and I had my Honda Gold Wing transformed into a TRIKE. A trike is a motorcycle that has three wheels. So far it seems a lot safer than riding with just two wheels. I get more luggage space and I don't have to put my feet down when stopping because it has three wheels.

There is a RE-learning curve when it comes to riding. I have been riding scooters, dirt bikes, and motorcycles for over 55 years. Once I got the hang of it, it sure is fun and I say to myself, why did I not do this before??

Well, you are reading this and asking yourself, “I thought this was about paddling, not motorcycles.” So here is where we are going with this—GET OUT AND TRY IT.

I have folks from around the world e-mail or ask when out on tour, “Which is better a canoe or a two person kayak??” My reply is, ”What have you tried?” Some say canoe, some say kayak, or they just have not got around to trying either. MY question is how can you know if you have not tried it?? I would like you to try both and then let you decide.

Some things to consider before you buy a vessel. What do you want to do with it? Small paddles on the canal? A weekend with camping gear? Paddle in the surf? Go fishing, transport it in your truck, or on the top of the car? Have room for the family? Or dog? How heavy is it? Will someone else be there to help me move it? Or will I do it myself?

You should have answers to all questions BEFORE you buy a vessel.


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