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How To Pick Up The Best Inflatable Canoe?

Are you one of those millions of individuals around the world who are obsessed with one or the other kind of water sports? Do you love to float on wild water waves and like to harvest adventure out of it? This article will reveal some of the most interesting features of this smart boat and will let you know how these boats can be of use to you. Especially, if you are an amateur player and like to adopt water sports on professional grounds, then the learning about inflatable canoe is something inevitable for you. A thing of major concern for most of the folks is the price of this boat. So, this article will also aid you in comparing the prices of different boats. Let’s read through this post and compare inflatable canoes.

The structure of these inflatable canoes is quite different from the structure of the conventional boats. The inflatable canoes are made up of PVC stuff and the flooring of the canoes is made up of aluminum foils. Sometimes, plywood replaces the aluminum sheet as well. The base is made up of these materials to provide you with a solid foundation to stay on. Moreover, the canoes are either guided by means of paddles or in otherwise case, by means of a motor fixed at the anterior end of the canoes.

Talking about the maintenance and keeping of these inflatable canoes, it would again be an interesting fact to know that these boats are portable in nature and you can very easily disassemble these boats and keep them in your home. Since there is no heavy machinery installed in these boats, you don’t have to worry about maintenance of these inflatable canoes. Sometimes, due to pressure exerted by water currents, it may get punctured but such a situation can be handles by maintain the punctured site while you are in the waters. There are special maintenance kits available for such situations. The paddles are light in weight and are made in a way the minimum pressure is exerted on your biceps while paddling.

To conclude at, it would be rational to state that these boats are some of the most improved boats available for water sports. Not only that these boats have attractive designs and appealing form but these boats are also great in fabric quality. Manufactured on international standards, these smart boats are very much safe in waters and you can expect to harvest maximum fun and adventure while being on these boats. So, log on to any leading online store right now and look for the latest models and designs of these boats available there. To compare inflatable canoes, you may visit three of four online stores to get a good idea about the standard price of these products.

Let’s enjoy water sports in an entirely new way! 

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Staying Dry While Enjoying the Water

There are many advantages to canoeing.

The most obvious advantage is that you will be able to enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery around.

Of course, this will depend on your specific location, but since canoeing is usually done on a lake, the scenery will often be more than satisfactory. What makes the views so special is that there is nothing to obstruct the view of the shoreline. And since you’re always moving, the scenery is always changing.

Another advantage to canoeing on a lake is that you will often have peace and quiet.

There are some lakes that are noisier than others. Lake Norman in North Carolina and Lake Winnipesauke in New Hampshire are two good examples. These lakes have become so popular that it would be dangerous to go canoeing on the weekend. That said, there are still ways around the crowds. The easiest solution would be to go canoeing during the week. These lakes, or any other lake for that matter, will not be half as crowded on weekdays. If you can only go canoeing on the weekend, there is still a way to avoid all the motorboats and lake enthusiasts. There are hidden spots on every lake that offer peace and tranquility. The only negative here is that you won’t have much to explore.

Another great aspect about canoeing is that you can go alone, with a partner, or with as many as eight people.

The person with the most experience should always sit in the back. He (or she) will be the one who is steering the canoe. Everyone else will be paddling. It might sound easier to steer – and it is – but the arm workout you get from paddling is superb. If you’re into fitness, canoeing is the perfect activity. You will be able to enjoy beautiful scenery while working out – and without wear and tear on your joints, like running on pavement.

If there’s a lake near you, go canoeing. It might turn into your new favorite hobby.

 
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California Canoeing — Canoe or kayak in some of the best water around

California canoeing: a great past time

California is renowned for its amazing weather and its great and vibrant landscapes. Given the warm temperatures and the generally great climates, it’s very much an outdoor state. If you’re planning on visiting California and you’re looking for something to do, or if you’re a local looking to expand your repertoire of interests, one thing you might want to consider is water related sports. No doubt you’ve been swimming or perhaps even sailing, but one thing that you might not have considered is canoeing. Canoeing in California is a great way to spend time, see the sights, and get fit while you’re doing it. Fortunately, there are a great number of options for both the rank beginner and the seasoned expert.

California canoeing is quite a popular past time, and there are many different companies and clubs devoted to the sport of canoeing in California. No matter where you are in the state, you should have some luck in finding somewhere you can test out your canoeing skills. There are a variety of different options you can choose from if you’re interested in kayaking or canoeing in California, so try not to limit yourself off the bat. Rather, have a look around at the different options and see which one best suits you.

There are a number of different California canoeing operators who are targeting the tourist market. These operators tend to operate kayaking and canoeing companies in particular picturesque areas, and many have a great deal of knowledge not only about canoeing, but also about the local area. This can be a great option if you’re new in California or if you’re looking to learn a little bit more about your native environment. Look around for reviews of the various canoeing operators to see which best suits your needs. Some canoe operators tend to act as tour guides, paddling you along while introducing you to the sights of the stunning landscape of California. For the more laid-back, this might be the way to go. However, the more adventurous readers might be interested in a tour that puts you at the helm of your kayak or canoe. 

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Choosing a Canoe Paddle

Choosing a canoe paddle that suits all your needs and desires is a fairly exhaustive process. Selecting wood as your preferred choice of materials for a canoe paddle is just the beginning. You have many more decisions to make before you hit the water with just the right canoe paddle for you.

Following is a brief discussion on each of the major decisions you will need to make as you go through the process of picking out your preferred wood canoe paddle:

Shaft Material

You can find a canoe paddle with an aluminum or composite shaft and a wooden blade. The purpose of this combination is to make the paddle strong and very light weight. However, the aluminum shaft does not “flex” as well as wood and does not let you “feel” the movement of the water as well as wood. An aluminum shaft is also cold to your hands in cooler conditions, and it is not nearly as aesthetically pleasing as wood.

You can find a canoe paddle with an aluminum or composite shaft and a wooden blade. The purpose of this combination is to make the paddle strong and very light weight. However, the aluminum shaft does not “flex” as well as wood and does not let you “feel” the movement of the water as well as wood. An aluminum shaft is also cold to your hands in cooler conditions, and it is not nearly as aesthetically pleasing as wood.

Blade Shape

There are no limits on the shape a wooden blade can be made into, but there are a few major considerations that can help you choose the best shape for your own use:

  • Wide or Narrow. A wider blade gives a bigger bite in the water and can propel your canoe farther with each paddle stroke…but beware of the consequences to your arm and shoulder muscles. Canoe racers often use wider paddles, but remember these are trained athletes, not recreational paddlers. Blade widths usually come in standard widths of 6″, 8″, 10″, and 12″, but can be made in any width. Stick with 8″…no more than 10″…and you should be fine.
  • Oval or Square. An oval blade can be either asymmetrical, or slightly concave like a spoon. This spoon feature theoretically helps maintain stability as you pull your paddle through the water. However, the concave blade is more popular with kayakers than with canoeists.

The square blade is primarily in reference to the bottom edge of the blade, and this blade can handle more stress than the oval blade. If you will be paddling in shallow streams with gravel bottoms, you may want to consider a shorter blade with a squared off bottom edge. You can also get a metal edging attached to the bottom edge to guard against excessive abrasion from gravel.

Wood Species

Wooden canoe paddles can be made from any kind of wood, especially if it is laminated and encased in fiberglass, but some woods are naturally more suited to paddle making than others. The selections are quite broad so you should check out the special report on wood species for canoe paddle making here. The main point is that you will have to decide on which wood species you want for your canoe paddle.

Bent Shaft

The bent shaft canoe paddle has gained considerable popularity in recent years, and there are many pros and cons to the concept. For a more complete discussion on the bent shaft paddle, click here. Frankly, if you are a recreational canoeist, the straight shaft paddle should serve you well—it has done so for centuries.

Paddle Length

This factor in choosing a canoe paddle is the most important of all. Having the correct length of paddle can mean the difference between cutting your canoe trip short, or enjoying it to the full. As you can imagine, this topic is also quite extensive, and is presented as a separate document here. If you are going to do any extensive paddling, this is an issue you must address in detail.

So, these are the major considerations you will have to address in choosing a canoe paddle for your personal use. Take your time, study the material here, and elsewhere, and make your choice carefully. 

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Bent Canoe Paddles

 

Bent canoe paddles are just what the name implies—there is a bend in the paddle shaft where the blade meets the shaft. This bend can be from 5 to 20 degrees, but the most popular bend appears to be either 10 or 12 degrees with 14 degrees next in popularity.

Design Theory of Bent Canoe Paddles

The theory is that with a straight shaft paddle, the blade is only perpendicular to the water during a portion of the stroke, and near the end of the stroke the paddle blade is actually pushing the water up, thus losing speed. With the bent paddle however, the blade remains perpendicular for a longer portion of the stroke and nearly eliminates pushing water up, and therefore maintains more speed.

The experts tell us that the bent paddle requires substantially less energy over a given distance, and provides more speed with the same amount of energy expended.  This is probably why canoe racers were early adopters of bent canoe paddles.

There is also the advantage for a bow paddler when changing sides with their paddle, because the bent paddle will be angled up when passing over the bow. Just make sure you don’t let the paddle turn around in your hands, or you will be paddling with the bend backwards and more than likely you will be shoveling water into the canoe.

Double Bent Paddle

Someone once did some ergonomic studies and decided that a double bend in the shaft of the paddle would be better than a single bend…ergonomically. Although these paddles are on the market, I still consider them to be experimental. Admittedly, I have never used one to paddle with, but frankly, just holding one was somewhat spooky.

I would leave designs like the double bent paddle to the professional canoe racers who are constantly trying to maximize speed with the least amount of effort.

Bent Canoe Paddles for Racers Only?

There is no question that a bent shaft canoe paddle gives slightly more speed for the same amount of effort. That is why most canoe racers use a bent shaft paddle…they are seeking any edge they can get for more speed.

At the same time, there are many serious recreational canoeists who use these bent paddles because they claim they reduce fatigue over a long trip. I have never found this to be the case, but then again I have never pushed myself to the point of physical exhaustion when paddling recreationally. At any rate, you may see many bent paddles among the recreational canoeing fraternity.

Bottom Line

Only by trying out a few bent paddles will you ever be able to determine if one of them suits your personal style of paddling. Many canoeists carry a bent shaft paddle as their spare, and use it when traversing large bodies of water to maximize speed and minimize the time they are exposed on open water.

But, to be totally honest, I find bent shaft paddles to be disturbing…and even though I own a couple, I never use them anymore. I no longer have any interest in speed. I have come to regard paddling a canoe as being very close to a spiritual experience, where I not only become close to nature, but I can almost hear the old Canadien Voyageurs singing their canoeing songs while opening up the Canadian wilderness to transportation and trade.

I wonder what those magnificent canoeists would think of bent canoe paddles? 

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Canoe Seat Back Installation

Sitting in a canoe and rowing about the rapids for an extended duration of time is not one of the best things you could do to your back.

In most cases, canoeists complain of pain in the lower back as well as aching of the knee joints. A canoe seat with back support includes a curved seat that create or support the existing seating arrangement in a canoe.

Not only are back supports essential for the weekend warriors who use their cane only once every month or so, since it is unlikely that their back will be used to the kind of stress long trips cause.

Regular canoeists can also greatly benefit from using a canoe seat with a back as it will help keep their back safe in the rapids and provide lower back support when you engage in vigorous rowing. Take is from a regular canoeist, it is impossible to enjoy canoeing if your back is killing you.

A canoe seat back can be bought from many online as well as brick and mortar stores as well as your local camping goods store. When looking to purchase a canoe seat back you should look into getting a model that has been made of or is coated with insulated foam and is light yet sturdy.

Most canoe seat back models will offer different models of flex and your should test them out before you finally choose one so that you don’t put your back out even with a seat back. You should also decide how you want to attach the seat back rest to your existing seat. Most seat backs have buckle straps on the bottom so that the seat back can be secured to your canoe seat easily.

If your canoe has contoured seats, the best option for you is to buy a seat which has a somewhat rigid bottom as it will be a much more comfortable fit. Installing a canoe seat back a simple job that should take virtually no time at all.

Installing a canoe seat back

Step 1

  • First you must purchase the canoe back seat – either from Sportsman’s Warehouse or another reputable online dealer. If you are unsure what kind of canoe back seat you want here are some tips:
    1. Look for a canoe back seat that has insulated foam, durable, contains buckle straps and the most important element – it is lightweight.
    2. If the canoe back seat has contoured seats, purchasing a canoe back seat without a rigid bottom would be best.

Step 2

  • Now, installing the canoe back seat. First, place the seat on the back of the canoe then loop the bottom buckle straps under the canoe seat and buckle them shut. Secure the seat well on to canoe seat. Simple enough.

Step 3

  • Step in the canoe, sit down and secure the right and left diagonal straps – which is designed to change the angle of the seat back.

Step 4

  • Secure the right and left diagonal adjustment straps firmly when paddling hard over a lake or river. This will increase the power of the paddle strokes surely enabling you to cover more water faster.

Step 5

  • If you go for a more relaxed paddle, loosen or release the straps which will allow you to sit more upright.

When canoeing please obey all safety regulations and be aware of water conditions. If water conditions prove to be too difficult do not panic and remember your training. Staying calm in violent waters can be the difference in severe injury or even death.