What's the difference between a kayak & canoe?
This is a question that while it is straightforward in some ways, we have to remember that because there are so many type of canoes and kayaks, we are generalizing with our response. To begin, a kayak has a lower center of gravity and is inherently more stable. Kayaks tend to be more efficient, you use a double bladed paddle, handles rougher water and open water conditions better, has a skirt option for keeping water out of the cockpit, touring and whitewater kayaks can be recovered or rolled upright, not effected by the wind to the degree a canoe is, there is closed storage and flotation compartments and some kayaks have rudder systems or skegs. Kayaks may be better suited for the variety of water conditions on Long Island. A large canoe can hold more people and gear than even a standard double kayak, you sit upright on a bench seat or in a pseudo-kneeling position and with a canoe you generally use a single bladed paddle that you alternate from side to side.