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Commuting by canoe

I live at a lake with my company in sight just 2 km (~1.2 miles) away. To get to work I have to cross the city, which is not only expensive in terms of money, it also costs a lot of nerves. That's why ...
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How to tow a canoe with a bicycle?

There are a few pictures on the internet of people towing canoes with bicycles, there are even complete solutions that you can purchase for the task. But what is really involved, what are the ...
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In the US is it legal to travel on any river/creek my canoe will navigate?

I have always assumed that if my Canoe will float, and the waterway ultimately reaches an ocean it is legal to travel on. I looked around for documents that said it clearly one way or the other. ...
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How to carry a bicycle in a canoe?

I am contemplating a river journey from Pittsburgh to the Gulf of Mexico. 981 miles on the Ohio river and 2340 miles on the Mississippi River. The current plan calls for completing the journey in 1 ...
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How to avoid getting wet when exiting a canoe onto shore?

At the end of November we are going an a 3 day canoeing trip with multiple obstacles where we have to get the canoe out of the water. As it is really cold at this time, we don't want to get wet boots/...
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What is the best practice to secure a 17ft open canoe to the roof of a vehicle?

Next month, my kids and I are enrolled in a canoe building workshop in the Lake District of the United Kingdom. At the end of the 4 days we will have a 17ft canoe weighing between 16 and 22 kilos. ...
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How efficient is travel by canoe?

How efficient is travel in a canoe, in terms of effort/time required to cover distance? Or kayak, pirogue, any kind of small boat that is moved by paddling instead of sail or motor - is there a ...
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What is the difference between a Canoe and a Kayak?

Canoes and Kayaks have a lot in common, and for the most part I can look and say that is a Canoe and that is a Kayak. But I have been seeing some vessels that blur the line between them. It seems ...
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How do you go upriver in a canoe?

Let's say you want to be a voyageur, canoeing on a river like the North Saskatchewan. (We'll leave aside the current state of the beaver pelt industry.) What do you have to do differently to travel ...
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How do you survive getting towed under a log jam?

When I was a boy, my father and I were unexpectedly swept into a log jam (pile of logs the size of a house) on the banks of the Elk River while canoeing near our home. Somewhat similar looking jam, ...
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I put a big gouge in the bow of my canoe going across rocks. How can I fix it?

While going through some rapids, we slid across a jagged rock and it put a huge gouge in the bow of my fiberglass canoe. What method and process is best for repairing it, so that next time I hit some ...
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If you are canoeing on a lake when whitecaps start happening, what is the best direction to get off the lake?

If you are canoeing on a lake and the wind suddenly starts blowing to the point where there are whitecaps, what is the best direction to head to get off the lake? Would it be the shortest way back to ...
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How do choices in design of a paddle-craft influence its handling characteristics?

If you imagine cutting a canoe or kayak along each axial plane, you get three shapes. If you cut along the waterline and look down from above, you get the plan. Cut thwart-wise at the widest point ...
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Pack to carry two 30 L barrels

I have come into possession of two standard 30 litre food barrels, but no method of carrying them while portaging. I have heard of people carrying two of these at a time, possibly using an external ...
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Can I use a Canoe Paddle with a Kayak?

I am thinking about getting a Kayak, I am very comfortable paddling my canoe with a single paddle. My motivation is that I can canoe silently with a single canoe paddle that does not need to break ...
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Kayaks vs canadians (canoes) from a beginner's perspective

As far as I know canoeing is the generic term which contains e.g. canadians and kayaks. What do I have to look for as an absolute water sports beginner in terms of: costs knowledge (eskimo roll and ...
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What is the most effective means of paddling a canoe, against the current, under a bridge?

Today I was out in the canoe on Monongahela River I started out paddling up river, and there was a head wind. I noticed that when I got with in about 100 feet of a bridge the wind picked up. The ...
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How do you get back in canoe, by yourself?

Getting back in a canoe is not as easy as I thought it was going to be. I also learned that Extra Flotation might be needed So if I am alone in the middle of a body of water, how do I get back in? ...
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Why aren't aluminum canoes more popular/prevalent?

Growing up we had an old aluminum canoe. It looked kind of ugly, and had some dents, but it was a great boat. Over the past 5 years I've been in various sporting goods stores in California, Colorado, ...
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Outrigger and/or leeboard when sailing a canoe?

I have been considering adding a sail to my open 17 foot Coleman canoe. Browsing images on the internet show pretty much every imaginable configuration but they all share 3 or 4 combinations of ...
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Encountering a bear in water?

I found myself in a situation the other day that I've never been in before. I was paddling along in my canoe with my wife and kids, when suddenly a young black bear came scrambling down the slope, ...
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What are the navigation considerations on the Monongahela and Youghiogheny Rivers between Ohiopyle State Park (PA) and Pittsburgh PA?

I want to travel by canoe from Ohiopyle State Park to Pittsburgh Pa on the Monongahela and Youghiogheny Rivers What are the navigation considerations? Also I will have a bike and trailer for the ...
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What's the advantage to a bent-shaft paddle?

What's the advantage (or advantages) of a bent-shaft canoe paddle? I've been told that it allows for more efficient use of both arms: the rationale I heard was that your arm on the grip does more ...
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How much flotation does a canoe need?

Yesterday for the first time I turned my canoe over, then I tried to get back in it. I have been thinking about adding a sail to my canoe and now that I know a bit about sailing, I know I need to ...
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Getting into canoeing - UK

It's been a beautiful Sunday here in the UK today and I went by the river (Thames) with my girlfriend to get some sunlight and fresh air. (We rarely do that, so that might be why I'm writing a ...
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How would one person control two canoes?

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 ...
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Canoeing in a thunderstorm

What are your chances of getting struck by lightning in a canoe? I've done a lot of canoeing on stormy lakes before, but when the thunder comes what is the real risk of getting struck by lighting? ...
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Pack rafts vs Canoe

I'm looking into purchasing pack rafts for my partner and I, but have read conflicting information on using pack rafts and many people have suggested purchasing a canoe instead. I have mainly looked ...
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What is involved in taking a canoe through a lock on a major US River?

Most of the locks on rivers in the United States are built for commercial traffic. like barges to navigate the river system. I know they exist and I have seen them on television, but that is all I ...
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What is the best way to store paddles?

I have wood canoe paddles, currently after being out in the water, I bring them in the house and lean them against the wall in the corner. They actually look pretty nice and kind of add to the home ...
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Alligator free Mangrove or Cypress swamps in the US?

I often see Mangrove and Cypress swamps on T.V. and I think it might be fun to explore one in a canoe. My wife thinks we might get eaten by Alligators if we try it. I have no knowledge about ...
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I can't get floating in my canoe again, now what?

Canoes are known for tipping over, most come with enough flotation so they won't sink. Stock flotation is often just for neutral buoyancy, adding flotation is an option but if I have not done that, ...
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Royalex vs Royalite

According to esquif, Royalite is a multi-laminate similar to Royalex but distinguished by its lightness. [...] The result is a weight reduction of 15% with a minimum loss of material strength ...
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Is it safe to tie a canoe to the top of your car like this?

This time of year, you see a lot of canoes and kayaks going down the road tied to the top of cars. Some of them not as smartly anchored as others. One of the configurations that I see a lot is the "...
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What are the navigation considerations on the Ohio River between Pittsburgh PA.& Wheeling WV?

I want to travel by canoe from Pittsburgh Pa to Wheeling, West Virginia on the Ohio river. What are the navigation considerations? Also I will have a bike and trailer for the canoe, will be ...
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Can I sleep in my canoe with it adrift on a commonly used lake?

I want to go out in a canoe onto a large lake and stay out for the entire weekend. I have checked the whether and determined that it will definitely be excellent weather and very calm all weekend long....
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Can you notice a waterfall in time to get off the river?

If you are going downstream by canoe or raft on an unfamiliar river, and there is a waterfall ahead, are you likely to be able to detect the sound and the cloud of spray sufficiently far in advance to ...
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What are the trade offs between kayak and canoe for solo multiday trips?

I would like to be able do trips with the following characateristics one day: Solo. May do in combination with other paddlers, but my primary interest is getting out there on my own. Multi-day trips ...
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What is the risk of getting lost while canoeing in a cypress swamp?

Based on the answer here I would be exploring a cypress swamp in the Mississippi valey north of the 35th Parrell. If I canoe in a lake or on a river, I always have a pretty good idea where I am, and ...
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Is a Canoe Bike a viable mode of human powered amphibious transportation?

I came across several shots of the 'Canoe Bike' which seems to be a custom build by Jay Broemmel. There are several action shots of this vehicle on the internet. There are a couple of similar ones ...
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Is the ACE 1 Ultra-Clean Biomass Cookstove too good to be true?

I was looking for a loan on Kiva and found this loan in Lesotho (Africa) The product people are borrowing money for is the ACE 1 Ultra-Clean Biomass Cookstove which sounds fantastic. It is designed ...
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How do I calculate how much lift an outrigger needs?

I have been thinking of putting a sail on my canoe with will probably require the use of an outrigger. (related: Outrigger and/or leeboard when sailing a canoe?) I was thinking about using a section ...
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Why do Old Town canoes have dramatically higher capacity than Osagian canoes?

I've been thinking about buying a canoe for a little while now. Growing up my family had an aluminum canoe so I've been looking at aluminum canoes in addition to the plastic canoes commonly seen in ...
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What are adjustable strap buckles called?

I have a folding seat for my aluminum boat that is broken. The seam between the two bottom pads has ripped apart after just a few uses. I want to build my own version of the seat out of plywood (like ...
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NuCanoe 12' vs. NuFontier 12' [closed]

I'm in the market for a kayak that will be used for inshore fishing, paddling, and occasionally hunting. Can anyone help me with the differences between the NuCanoe 12' and the NuFontier 12'?
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Canoe yoke orientation: Point towards front or back?

I'm installing a yoke on a canoe that didn't have one from the factory. It only had a cross brace (the center thwart). What way should I install the yoke? A. Yoke neck hole towards the front of the ...
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What are the pros and cons of plastic and aluminium vs wood vs composite paddles for canoeing?

There are three main types of canoe paddle materials, Wooden paddles. Plastic paddles with aluminum handles. Newer composite materials (fiberglass, carbon) What would be the pros and cons of each ...
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Can you sit on the comfy trike saddle while the canoe is in the water?

My answer to How to carry a bicycle in a canoe? includes the image below. The following question was asked in a comment, and to give it a decent answer, I am posting it as a new question. ...
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How can I keep a water-proof barrel dry for use in a canoe?

I purchased a couple of used water-proof barrels for keeping things dry in the canoe. They are easy to open and close, so in theory they keep your stuff dry and they float. The lids clamp on (image ...
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Finding the nautical 'chart datum'/LAT, and heights above it, visibly in a physical landscape

I live in Totnes, a UK town on the tidal river Dart estuary. There is a perfect height of water for putting my canoe into the water, at a set of steps near a local pub. Being tidal, this perfect water ...
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