If you like to head out on the water no matter the time of year, you're going to have to choose a craft that can cope well during winter weather. In terms of kayak vs canoe, the former will always win out. Here are just four reasons why.
1. Lower Profile
Winter weather is more likely to include sharp gusts of wind. This can make paddling difficult no matter your craft, especially when you're heading into the breeze. That said, it's far easier to navigate during windy conditions in a kayak. These crafts sit much lower in the water that canoes, which tend to have larger, more upright sides. When the wind hits those larger sides, it can easily throw you off course and make paddling straight more tiring.
2. Insulated Refuge
Humans just don't like getting cold, even if they're heading out on the water to enjoy themselves. Kayaks are advantageous in this regard since your legs are covered from the elements. Your own body heat will keep the interior of the kayak relatively toasty, so you're less likely to end up suffering from cold, numb feet when you finally step back onto land. Canoes are completely open to the elements, so they aren't quite as good at keeping you warm.
3. More Continuous Movement
Kayaks tend to be faster than canoes thanks to their streamlined design and small size and weight. You can also paddle them faster since you use a double-ended paddle instead of a single paddle. Keeping both arms moving at all times instead of going back and forth means that you'll be able to propel yourself across the water much more rapidly, and it also means that you'll be exercising your body more. This is crucial during colder weather as it prevents you from cooling down too much.
4. Protection from Rain
Most importantly, kayaks provide some cover from rain. Add a watertight skirt and the inside of the kayak proper won't catch a bit of rain. A canoe provides no such protection. That can get serious during heavy rainfall as water will quickly begin to build up within the craft. However, even little rain can become problematic when small paddles start to develop around your feet.
Picking a kayak instead of a canoe is always a good call if you expect to be heading out during the winter. You'll be better protected from the elements and find it easier to stay warm, so make sure you take this into consideration before making your choice. Visit Wetspot Water Sports for more information.Share
28 April 2016
I wasn't very good at sport growing up, but now I am turning 40 I want to try to learn a new sport. I am starting to learn how to play water polo. It's so much fun to learn a new skill like this and it's definitely making me fitter. I hope that I can show people on this blog that you are never too old to learn a new sport and that it can be a lot of fun. I still have a long way to go before I am as good as the others on my team, but I hope you can cheer me on!