What is the average speed a person can propel a kayak?

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  • Answer depends on which kayak you are in and what your are using to propel that kayak (paddle or pedals). The tide, currents or wind is also a factor in the speed. I'm in an ocean kayak race every year and which boat you have definitely makes a difference.

    On a 12' sit-on-top ocean kayak using paddles I average 5-6 mph. Using the pedals (with skeg or rutter) I average 7-8 mph. If my dog is on the kayak with me I average only 2-3 mph. Touring kayaks are the speed demons. I have never been able to catch up with one yet. They go smooth and straight due to their shape, construction, length and that wonderful rutter. The right paddle can make a difference as well.

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    Hope that helps!

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    Yes, it differs whether you use it yourself or share, also, HOW YOU USE it is important. People don't realize this, but nearly everyone has horrible hygeine/habits when it comes to doing this deed (which people normally never talk about, this may be one reason why). You (and the rest of the answerers who see this probably) most likely go through toilet paper twice as fast or more than I do, and no matter what brand you use... (one roll lasts me and my girlfriend two weeks or more). I'll explain... And here's a huge tip for you then (you all should be doing this anyway - and I can't believe I'm answering this but this is good for you)... Ever think to compliment using toilet paper with butt wipes?? (I only recommend Cottonelle - see link below - NOTE- I'm not talking about baby wipes, I'm talking about flushable toilet wipes for the modern civilized family). The reason(s)... A) you'll never be wasteful w/ toilet paper again B) it's much faster and easier than ever before C) you'll always know you're clean and fresh and trust me, you can feel the difference. Seriously, very little toilet paper followed by one wipe (very rarely - 2 is needed) get's it ALL every time and you feel like you just washed your butt in the shower, he, he. Point is, you want to be clean, smell good (everywhere), never have itchy butt again AND use way less paper, than you should evolve and start buying wipes to go with your paper. Do this for a while, you'll be thanking me and you'll do it for life, no question. [Edit] note to oikos (below) I saw your comment, it was probably meant for me. I have been using this product for about 12 years now (lived several places in that time, take them everywhere I go)... and that's probably how long it's been since I last flooded the toilet, if that tells you anything. Trust me, you'll ultimately use less and as long as you don't use more than one or two, it should never be a concern (and only Cottonelle, the others aren't even close to as good, once you get the dispenser box, buy the huge economy pack in the zip lock bag- more economical and less packaging waste. [Edit 2] FYI - I looked on the packaging... these wipes DO "breakdown like regular toilet paper after flushing", it says it right on the packaging. [Edit 3] 'dlwsr300'... wadding paper vs. folding... I wanted to just comment on that, wadders are people who have never learned how to do this properly and likely make up a third of the population. You need to be advised here and now (it's never too late), this is not how it is done and you are very wasteful if you do this. 'staickema' said that diet and bowels make a difference, this is also true and is a good point, as you could wind up using a whole roll to yourself before you know it depending on the type of problem you have (again though, the wipes will be your savior, most especially on those bad days) and you may want to check with your physician if you are not having consitent BMs over a period of time, hopefully it's nothing but diet, etc. however, this could also be a symptom for any number of disorders.

  • I paddle a 17.25' racing kayak and get an average of about 5.5mph/9km/h- you guys must be supermen and women to achieve those speeds in recreational boats. Either that or you speed measures differently in your part of the world...

  • This is kind of a difficult question. Wadders tend to use more than folders. How big is the family you're considering? A conservation tip for toilet paper is to buy Charmin Ultra. It is thicker and more absorbent than other brands so you use less. Another is to count the square you're using. Charmin Ultra works with about 1-2 squares per wipe.

  • you guys should take a look as what a 43 year old man can do in a lacie plastic boat without trying B.C. canada schooner cove to jedidiaih isalnd beach 1hr. and back 52 min without trying that means well over double your speeds. I have unedited go pro footage. I d love to know what my speed is close to 20kph?

  • i do alot of kayaking.you need to be more specific.im guessing that i travel about 6mph in my rec kayak,8mph in my sea kayak,and in my whitewater kayak it depends on the speed of the river.most rivers flowing @ about 12mph.

  • I have clocked myself at an avg. of 6 mph in my little recreational kayak using my g.p.s., I would say that I am pretty close to the avg. paddler.

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