Cruising Speed

Cruising speed is the most efficient speed for a vessel to travel.
During our kayak tours and expeditions, we strive to maintain optimum cruising speed.

Initially achieving cruising speed in a loaded single kayak can require the paddler to invest some effort.  Once cruising speed is achieved, less effort is required in order to maintain the optimal pace.

We provide each guest with a Seaward Tyee fibreglass single kayak.
Single kayaks enable specific freedoms, yet they also provide certain challenges.  Before registering on one of our trips, prospective guests are encouraged to consider if they truly wish to be solely responsible for the propulsion of their own vessel.

We offer tours and expeditions, each designed for different levels of kayaking ability.

Our tours are suitable for relatively inexperienced paddlers, as well as accomplished kayakers.  During our tours, guides can help guests develop efficient paddling techniques.  Efficient paddle strokes conserve energy.  Less efficient strokes require more energy to maintain cruising speed.

Our more advanced expeditions are specifically designed for kayakers who have accumulated some experience and developed reasonable boat-handling abilities.  On these expeditions, participants are asked to arrive with the ability to efficiently propel a loaded single kayak in a variety of sea conditions.

Our kayak trips are designed for able-bodied people, yet there is no need for our guests to be accomplished athletes.  Every year, a variety of people enjoy kayaking with Butterfly Tours.  Several of our guests are small women in their sixties.  Smaller people and less experienced kayakers can enjoy exploring the North Pacific by single kayak, provided they are able-bodied and maintain a positive attitude during challenging moments.  Arriving uninjured, with reasonable balance, reflexes, fitness and coordination will generally enable a person to enjoy touring at optimum cruising speed in a loaded single kayak.

Alternatively, a Seaward Southwind fibreglass double kayak is available; however, we do not provide a paddling partner for the double.  (We provide each person with the opportunity to paddle a single kayak.)  If you would prefer paddling our double, please be sure to arrive with a paddling partner.

Additional details are available for those inviting a friend or partner.

You are welcome to contact Gord for more information.

© Butterfly Tours ~ Sea Kayak Haida Gwaii
Updated by Gord on October 11, 2017