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Canoe Hull Shape Defined

After the raw dimensions of length, width and depth, canoe performance is determined by hull shape. Front, sid…

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Glossary of Canoe Terminology

Learn the full glossary of canoe terminology in this excerpt from The Complete Book of Canoeing by I. Herbert …

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The Canadian

By Claudia Kerckhoff Van WijkDirector, Madawaska Kanu Centre The "Canadian" on this page is not referrin…

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Buying a Whitewater Canoe

What should you look for in a whitewater canoe, besides yourself with a big smile on your face? Does picking …

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Choosing a Whitewater Kayak

The days of long, skinny kayaks shaped like logs with a hole carved into the top of them are gone, and along w…

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Different Types of Whitewater Kayaks

So what type of boat should you get? Now that you understand the characteristics, you will need to ask yoursel…

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Choosing the Right Canoe - Shape Matters

The flatter the bottom, the more primary stability (steady when flat) the canoe has, but you give up some hull…

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Choosing the Right Canoe

With only 900 or more canoe models to choose from — and with each manufacturer having its own classifica…

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How to Choose a Multi-Purpose Cruising Canoe

A multipurpose cruising canoe should be capable in intermediate (Class II) rapids, athletic enough to twist do…

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