Things You Need to Consider When Buying a Canoe
Getting into canoe or kayak paddling for the first time may feel strange, but the reality is it will take less than 5 minutes to start experiencing the fantastic adventure you have been missing, you will stop concentrating on your worries and as happiness takes over, a canoe is safe and is suitable for young people from age of 8 to 90 years old so as long as you are with reliable canoe chances of something going wrong are minimal. But what you may not have noticed the safety and the smooth experienced was facilitated in part by the choosing the right canoe for the water surface you were paddling, yes it takes some thought and considerations when buying a canoe, they comes in a different size, shape and also vary in the materials that make them, all these features are important to consider before buying it. Therefore, this article gives you some tips you can use to buy the right canoe especially if it is your first time.
Make sure you assess your needs for the canoe first, what purpose do you want the canoes to serve, fishing or is it for site seeing, is it a family or a one-man canoe, how long will you be paddling, where are you going to use it in lakes, open waterways or rivers, these considerations are of concern because they let you make the right decision concerning what your answer is, so take your time and think about it before going into a canoe store for shopping.
Another important consideration you need to make is the shape, and the style of the ends at bow, stern, and the curve (rocker) along the keel of the canoe. Some of these features such as hull affect the stability of the canoe, and the flatter the bottom of the hull the stable the canoe is on water, however, a rounder hull will be more stable when your canoe is exposed to strong waves or boat wash, here the decision is yours, you can either choose a boat that feels stable in undemanding water or a canoe that feel unstable in undemanding water but increases stability in choppy or boat wash.
Make sure you consider the shape at the end of the canoe, the shape plays a key role in determining the stability, maneuverability, and carrying capacity of the canoe, a nice rounded tip canoe has good stability but its slower due to increased drag, while a sharp canoe creates low drag hence faster but relatively unstable, so make your choice based on the purpose of your canoe. Those are some of the things you need to consider while buying a canoe.