How to Choose a Recreational Canoe

by Diane 13. April 2012 22:44

The delightful spring sunlight has had me swooning this week. And while it's not quite warm enough for me to venture into my local lakes and rivers for a swim, these bright cool days are perfect for hopping into a canoe for a pleasant paddle across calm lake waters. It's time to get a little arm workout and then kick back and relax.

I'm what you might call a recreational paddler. I don't mind the occasional rapid or rushing river, but by and large I prefer to stay upright when I'm out in a canoe. So in spirit of calm water excursions, today's post is about how to pick a recreational canoe for paddling in calm areas.

Here are 8 tips to help you choose a great canoe:

  1. You're in luck! The types of canoes are actually broken up into categories like "recreational canoes." Pick one of these guys and you will stay relatively dry.
  2. If you like to use your canoe for slow quiet activities like I do, look for a canoe with a wide flat hull. This will keep your canoe from swaying too much or tipping. Flat-bottomed canoes are very mellow.
  3. On the other end of the spectrum, if you like to glide quickly across glassy water, look for a hull that comes to a point. This will allow you to glide easily across the surface.
  4. Short canoes are easier to control than long canoes, so regardless of whether you choose a 1- or 2-person canoe, you’ll want to select a shorter model to make your trip easier.
  5. Make sure there is a little extra room. I know, I know. I said you want a small canoe, right? It can be a tricky balance to strike, but you do want to make sure you have room for your sandwiches, fishing gear, and sun block.
  6. Think about where you'll keep the canoe. It might make a difference in whether you prefer a canoe that is made of a heavier or lighter material. Make sure you select a canoe that won't be too cumbersome for you to transport.
  7. Pick a canoe with contoured seats that are designed to stay relatively dry and comfortable. Often times, flat benches can be a big pain in the rump.
  8. Last but not least, select a canoe that fits your unique style. There are so many on the market now, that you have the freedom to choose from a wide range of colors and designs.

Pick a canoe you love, and enjoy paddling through the cool sunny days of spring.

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Unswamping a Canoe Solo Style

by Kade 10. July 2010 18:39

Sticking with my canoeing theme this week, I decided to record a "how to" video while at Rigby Lake last night.  This is just a quick video that shows how to unswamp your canoe alone once you are to shore. 

Had the camera run longer you would have been able to see me slip and almost fall in the lake.  Too bad the camera was shut off too soon because it really was funny. 



Star Wars Kid Canoe

by Kade 9. July 2010 14:14

This video was sent to me in response to yesterday's post about canoeing over waterfalls.  It's labeled canoe, but looks like a kayaking contest to me. That kid is skilled in so many things!

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Canoeing | Kayaking

How Not To Go Over a Waterfall in a Canoe

by Kade 7. July 2010 21:08

This is a good example as to how not to go over a "waterfall" in a canoe.  Sorry, but I laughed. You can watch the whole thing, but if you are short on time jump to the 1:40 mark in the video.

Update: The video we originally had posted here is no longer viewable as an embedded video file.  You can still view it on YouTube.

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Canoeing | Swimming

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