I am planning an adventure, and realized that while I will have one able bodied paddler, I will likely have two canoes of load. In thinking about it, I have imagined several scenarios where this might come up, so presumably there are proven solutions. My google search was not productive though.
This adventure requires a canoe for its inherent benefits so while re-configuring the connections as needed is an option, changing to a different type of boat is not an option.
This first thing I thought about was, lashing them side by side, either closely connected or separated by long spars, that would make an outrigger type set up. I dismissed this as closely connected would make paddling challenges, while separated would make steering challenges (if you have ever seen a catamaran try to make a tight turn you understand).
Currently I am thinking, loosely connect bow to stern:
- For calm water, tow with the powered/paddled canoe in front.
- For moving water, paddled canoe in back.
The calm water solution has little to no issues, that I can see.
The moving water solution, limits you to the speed of the current (probably ok) and lets you "steer" the front canoe by back paddling and turning the back canoe.
I think the bow to stern connections can be managed on the water by a 'moving clothes line' type connection. The unpowered canoe would have a static connection that could be moved from the front to rear of the powered canoe, from the rowing position (aft of canoe).
This solution would NOT be used on fast water like classified rapids.
Are there proven solutions or proven failures, for one paddler to manage two canoes at the same time?