Do you prefer paddle or pedal sit on top kayaks and why?

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asked Apr 26, 2017 in Kayaking by dwnc (1,254 points)

3 Answers

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answered Apr 27, 2017 by thunnus69 (385 points)
I prefer a paddle which my two kayas are.  I remember that tipping feeling when I first started paddling several years ago but this quickly abated as my experience grew.  I tried a peddle kayak a friend has and quickly realized my chronic back problems got worse.  It's not to say paddling doesn't put a strain on my back but I overcame this with a good seat I installed.  I would say if you're looking to buy one or the other try them out for an hour or two.  I also find I can turn a paddle kayak quicker than a peddle.
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answered Apr 26, 2017 by cquade7 (3,269 points)
I prefer my Paddle sit on top Kayak, I honestly have heard mixed reviews on the pedals, some get stopped up from Algae or just break all together. The Kayaks now usually come with some type of a holder that you can use while fishing. I think in steams and shallow lakes I would use a paddle Kayak, but in open water a pedal Kayak may be more beneficial.
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answered May 26, 2017 by NinjaShark (3,775 points)
I haven't had a chance to try a pedal drive system, so i've got to say paddle. I could see how pedal can become useful in situations like while fighting a fish. My kayak does have a rudder though, and I was surprised in how helpful it can sometimes be in a strong current or wind while paddling.
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