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How To Raft Up Canoes

There will be times when the conditions are not right and we need to raft up, or there'll be times when it would be nice for the social to be able to raft up. So we're just going to look at our system that allows
us to do that.

Using our canoe poles that we've had earlier, half onto one side and then half onto the other side, that's going to form the basis of holding it together. Using that end at the length of the rope, I'm going to
start from the inside, pull pitch them off. And then, to hold it, I'm taking the rope underneath and then tying that off round the thwart and the pole together.

Same process on the other side. So, again, we start from the middle. Tie it off tight, and then work back underneath again.

Okay, once they're done on tight, it's just the case of checking all the knots again. So this one here, just bring the rope back into the middle. Job's not quite finished for us, though. So taking the painters at the front, it's important, then, to be able to hold them together. We kept the distance between them so that we don't get any water kind of swamping in, but we've still got a little bit of playing. So, pulling this across, and I'm going to tie this off to the secure point at the front of the other canoe. The ends, I'll tidy up in a bit.

And, again, same job at the back, and there we have it.

The last few jobs that we will need to do is, we don't want any of this left lying around. What we could do to try and prevent some of this moving, just a few wraps round. I'm just finishing off with the H, and that just keeps that tidy. Same job on the other side.

Last job to do just before we kind of go out is making sure, with lots of rope there, that we're having a knife. So my knife's easily at hand here, being able to get it, so if I do have any problem, I can actually kind of split it off. But, for now, that gives us a lovely secure platform, where it all stays nice and tight.

Great, we've got our raft checked up, and there's just a couple of key things that we need to pay a bit of attention to. So, we've made sure we've got this distance between the boats there, and that's for a real reason, that there is an issue of swamping, and we want to make sure that we don't get the waves kind of coming in and increasing in size and then splashing in, so we've got the distance set up. The other thing that we've kind of then got with us is, we've got a throw line with us, so if there's any issues then, in terms of kind of somebody falling in, we've got a means of being able to try and get them back towards the raft.

All the other bits of rope are tidied up, so there's nothing left lying around on the floor of the boat to make sure it's nice and strong and safe for us there, in the boat there. And, as stated, making sure we've got a knife available if there's any problems with that all, kind of getting somebody tangled up.

So there we have it. There's our raft. Enjoy.


This video is courtesy of Glenmore Lodge in Scotland featuring instructor Dave Rossetter. Glenmore Lodge offers a range of Open Boating / Canoeing courses from April to November covering flat water, white water, journey skills and even multiday expeditions.

www.glenmorelodge.org.uk/

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