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Kayak or Canoe?: Two Ways Across the Water
Splash into our exploration of their respective merits to decide whether to rent a kayak or canoe.
The basic form of the canoe is so ideally suited to the water that the US Army Corps of Engineers hosts an annual contest in which young designers build concrete canoes that have no trouble staying afloat. But despite their inherent seaworthiness, canoes aren’t right for every nautical outing—try turning one around when the current becomes too strong, and you may wish you were in an agile kayak instead. When deciding whether to use a canoe or kayak, you should first consider the watery terrain in which it has to travel, even before deciding whether The Slim Seagull is an appropriately cool boating nickname.
In general, a kayak will be easier to maneuver among rocks and other obstacles, whereas a canoe’s open top makes it easier to carry if you hit shallow waters. Kayakers also tend to have the advantage on the ocean or on rivers with rapids, since the vessel’s smaller profile pivots nimbly. Kayakers can also wear a special skirt that seals the gap between the deck and the rider’s waist so that water, even during rolls, doesn’t get into the vessel.
The human element is important, too. A double-bladed paddle propels a kayak through the water quickly, since the distance to the water on either side is minimal. And because they’re sitting almost level with the surface of the water and holding a long, balancing paddle, beginners may find a kayak feels more stable than a canoe. However, paddlers of different strengths can balance each other more effectively in a canoe, whereas in individual kayaks, weaker paddlers may end up straggling. In addition, the top of a canoe is almost always open to the air, making it easier to move around, cast a fishing pole, or have a face-to-face conversation about which side is starboard.
Singer Island Outdoor Center
Nestled at the base of Blue Heron Bridge, within the greenery of Phil Foster Park, Singer Island Outdoor Center provides direct access to the waters flowing around and through Singer Island, Peanut Island, and the Lake Worth Lagoon. The staff rent out kayaks and paddleboards for free-form explorations, and they provide small group lessons to help people get the hang of navigating on the water. They also lead excursions, including snorkeling trips to spots where you're likely to meet manatees, eagle rays, and sea turtles. They plan to expand their repertoire of watery entertainments in the future, introducing nighttime activities such as LightSUP Illuminated Paddleboard Tours.