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Difference between a Canoe and a Kayak



There are three main distinctions that separate a canoe from a kayak:

  1. A kayak is a decked boat, while a canoe is not.
  2. When using the boat, a kayaker will sit flat with his legs extened under the deck and his upper body rising from a central hole in the deck. On the other hand, a canoer will kneel in the boat.
  3. A third difference lies in the paddle, a canoe utilizes a shorter paddle with a blade on one end only, sort of a shortened version of the oar of a row boat The kayak, though, uses a longer paddle with blades at both ends of the rod.

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