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to expect people to use the terms 'kayak' and 'canoe' properly?

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NotQuiteCockney · 26/07/2007 18:07

I am just thinking about buying a canoe. Canoes are open boats. Kayaks are the closed ones. Yes, really. I'm Canadian. I would know!

But thanks to British confusion, the terms seem to be used randomly on ebay.

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RolandButter · 13/01/2010 14:54

ANd he is canadian
i dont know if he is using that version or the ENglish one

BigTillyMint · 13/01/2010 14:56

Grenadine, that's what I thought, but my French friends thought I was mad.

Now i know I'm not

bronze · 13/01/2010 15:45

In England closed boats are called canoes and open boats are called kayaks.
I always thought it was the other way round

WrigglingAndJiggling · 13/01/2010 15:55

Tis definitely the other way round.
Canoe - big open thing usually for 2 people. Paddle has one blade.
Kayak - smaller closed thing, usually but not always for 1 person. Paddle has two blades.

TeddyBare · 13/01/2010 16:04

Kayaks are the closed ones which you wear a desk with to stop water getting in when you go upside down. They can be for 1 person or 2 people (duo kayaking).
Canoes are open and paddling a canoe is often known as open boating by kayaker / canoer types. Canoes range from one person canoes up to 4 people.
For some unknown reason polo played in kayaks is called canoe polo.

bronze · 13/01/2010 16:27

*deck images of inkpots

why are canadian canoes often aluminium so you get black knees?

NotQuiteCockney · 13/01/2010 16:30

The canoe club I go to is English. The people who go there are English. They say canoe for the open ones, and kayak for the closed ones. (Well, technically, canoeing is when you kneel, kayaking is when you sit.)

The guy I met once who had done competitive water sports, who was English, said canoe for open, and kayak for closed. I don't know why the reverse has become normal in some circles here, but it deffo isn't normal in actual kayaking circles. Or canoeing ones!

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GrimmaTheNome · 13/01/2010 17:12

I'd have said kayak def closed, whereas canoe gets used loosely as a generic term for anything paddleable, so to be unambiguous specify 'canadian canoe' for open

grenadine · 13/01/2010 18:38

Maybe the canoe clubs have been infiltrated by North Americans

TeddyBare · 13/01/2010 19:47

[pokes out tounge at bronze] I'm lacking sleep - I'm allowed to make the odd mistake. I did mean deck though.

TeddyBare · 13/01/2010 19:48

I give up

wahwah · 13/01/2010 20:24

Yanbu in wanting people to know the difference, it is a pet hate of my BIL who spends far too much time in the water paddling his kayak/canoe- tucked if I know the difference!

bronze · 14/01/2010 16:22

I know you did
I'm lacking sleep too. I've started sentences and forgotton what I was

brimfull · 14/01/2010 16:24

Oh this winds me up as well , brought up iin Canada , used to love canoeing.

They call it a candian canoe here don't they?

PixiNanny · 14/01/2010 16:58

Grenadine: I'm in England and I've always called them the reverse!

BigHairyLeggedSpider · 14/01/2010 19:53

It's not British confusion. Some of us are not confused. It's just general confusion!

I have an open canoe, and several kayaks and I love them all.

PurplePixi · 14/01/2010 23:53

Spider I am thoroughly jealous. I will be saving for a while before I can buy myself a kayak again

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