Buying Your First Canoe: Part 1

Canoes are like cars: there’s a model for every purpose. To simplify discussion, we’ll define three categories — whitewater, general cruising/canoe camping, and racing. Here are some things to keep in mind before you guy your first canoe. And remember, FUN is what canoeing is all about!

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Canoeing In Shallows

Every canoeist knows the “joys” of shallow water. There are rocks to scrape and boulders to bang; sometimes there is not enough water to float the canoe. Then, you wade and drag your boat. Shallows spell adventure and get you away from the crowd, and they present opportunities to fish and photograph wildlife. Here are some shallow water canoeing tips.

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Canoeing Mistakes You Won’t Want To Make

Here are some serious canoeing mistakes you won’t want to make! Learn from the mistakes I’ve made over my many years of paddling! Some of these include not scouting a familiar rapids, not zipping up your life jacket, not stowing loose items, and paddling barefoot.

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Ace Cards For Canoeing Big Water

You’re canoeing a big lake and come to a large bay. It’s a mile if you head
straight across or 10 miles if you follow the shore. There are some breaking
waves, but they look manageable. Should you paddle the bay or take the slow
safe route near shore?

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How To Rig A Bomb-proof Canoe Camp

Surprisingly, “bomb-proofing” a canoe camp against the cruelties of nature is a function of skills not things. You can “do it wrong” for years and develop bad habits, which are hard to break — the reason why studying the ways of experts is so important at the start. So first learn the ropes, then attend to equipment. And commit these rules to practice.

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