Buying a canoe is not really as simple as we would like to think. If anything, like any other serious financial decision, a lot of careful thought and consideration needs to be taken when reviewing your different choices. So, we are going to try and make things a little easier for you by talking about some of the specifics of a canoe and how they can affect your buying decision, so if you are interested, you can read more below:

  • The first thing we need to talk about is the length of the canoe board. You will find canoes of varying lengths when you do go to buy them, and this is for a reason. Different canoes of different lengths are created to serve different functions. Short canoes tend to move more slowly than their longer counterparts, but they are lighter and have great maneuverability, so they are easier to turn quickly. Longer canoes tend to move faster and are great for going straight, however turning is an issue with them.
  • The depth of your canoe will also have differences. A deeper canoe means more safety and protection for you and the people in the canoe from serious waves and splashes. However, shallow canoes are also there and are used for shorter day trips.
  • When it comes to the width of canoes, there are either wide with canoes, or narrow width canoes. The entire purpose of width in a canoe is to ensure stability, so a wide with canoe means more stability in the water while a narrow width canoe is more unstable, but this can work to your advantage depending on the kind of canoe trip you are going for.
  • In terms of symmetry, symmetrical canoes are great for maneuverability, however, an asymmetrical canoe tracks better and is more efficient in flat water.