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WhaT is faster canoe or kayak?

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Due to kayaks using a twin blade and a more effective seating position a kayak will be quicker in a flat water race of equal distance .

The main reason for this is that the kayak allows for the paddler to be recovering from one stroke whilst taking another stroke on the other side, due to the use of both sides of the body the seated position also allows better conectivity and therefore better power transefer making it more effcient at going forwards.

As canoes are paddled using a single blade they can not do this and are therfore slower.
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What is the difference between a kayak and a canoe?

A canoeist uses a single-bladed paddle; a kayak paddle is longer  and has a blade at each end. Kayakers therefore get twice as many  strokes in as canoeists; however since a