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When people speak of the speed of a kayak, what they really mean is the Efficiency?. Given a strong enough paddler any kayak can go as fast as you want. If you hung a 200 horse power engine on the back you could really make a kayak cruise. What you really want to know is, given your power output how fast can you make a given design go? This is related to the drag the design produces at a given speed. With all kayaks, the drag increases as the speed increases. With an efficient design the drag does not increase as quickly as in inefficient design.
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Last edited October 20, 2005 4:10 pm by RichardP (diff)