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Canoe and Kayak Terms to Know

If you're thinking of purchasing a canoe or kayak for the upcoming season, consider learning a few things about the boats before making your purchase. From material to accessories, there are some important terms and definitions that might help you make a more informed purchase.

  • Canoe - A canoe is a narrow boat that lacks any steering mechanism. Instead, the boat can hold one to four people that direct the vessel with paddles. A canoe can be made of wood, fiberglass or aluminum. Competition grade sport canoes are known as Canadians.
  • Kayak - A kayak is a specific type of canoe that is made of plastic composite and are more versatile for sports. Kayaks hold one or two people, and come in various models for lake, river, whitewater, or ocean boating. Kayaks are water tight with a seal that closes any gaps between the occupant and the boat.
  • Trim - Trim refers to how low in the water a boat sits. A kayak sits much lower in the water than a canoe does, giving the rower more control and balance.
  • Whitewater - Whitewater is a term that refers to rough waters, since water often turns white when it is raging and crashing over rocks. Whitewater sports are popular with kayakers and special canoes are made specifically for this type of boating.
  • Paddles - Paddles are important accessories for boaters ranging from river canoeing to ocean kayaking. A paddle can be single or double bladed, made of strong fiberglass or aluminum, and is absolutely essential for steering and controlling the boat.
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    New York Kayak Co.
    N River Piers #7, New York, NY 10014
    Get durable paddle boards and dry suits at New York Kayak Co. Also call us in New York, NY, for the finest level of kayak instruction and guide services.
    (347) 618-6609
    Rawson Boat Inc
    70 Crane St, Fairfield, CT 06825
    Rawson Boat Inc of Fairfield, Connecticut, manufactures a wide variety of recreational kayaks, paddle boards, and other related products for customers across the nation.
    (475) 282-8933
    Pelican Sport Center
    2980 State Route 10 Ste 2, Morris Plains, NJ 07950
    The area's largest ski and snowboard dealer, offering a variety of snowboarding gear for men and women, including snowboarding jackets, pants, helmets, and snowboards. Also providing patio furniture in summer.
    (973) 267-0964
    Empire Kayaks
    4 Empire Blvd, Island Park, NY 11558
    (516) 889-8300
    500 Main St, New Rochelle, NY 10801
    (914) 632-9313
    Aqua Visions SCUBA LTD
    118 W Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck, NY 10543
    (914) 381-1884
    Dinghy Shop Inc
    334 S Bayview Ave, Amityville, NY 11701
    (631) 264-0005
    Outdoor Traders
    55 Arch St, Greenwich, CT 06830
    (203) 862-9696
    Glacier Bay Sports
    81 Fort Salonga Rd Ste C, Northport, NY 11768
    (631) 262-9116
    Campmor Inc
    810 N State Rt 17, Paramus, NJ 07652
    (201) 445-5000
    Nissequogue River Canoe Rentals
    112 Whittier Dr, Kings Park, NY 11754
    (631) 979-8244
    The Small Boat Shop
    144 Water St Ste 6, Norwalk, CT 06854
    (203) 854-5223
    Navesink River Kayak Company
    83 Valley Dr, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716
    (732) 204-2452
    Setauket Harbor Canoes & Kayaks
    30 Shore Rd, East Setauket, NY 11733
    (631) 751-2706
    Ramsey Outdoor
    17 State St, Mahwah, NJ 07430
    (201) 327-8141

    Canoes were initially developed to travel along water ways from one place to another. Today, many people use them for sport. The small boats make it easy for adventurers to explore everything from small streams to islands in the ocean. When exploring the types of canoes, kayaks, and outrigger boats sold by a company, it is important to consider how you will use the vessel. Companies that sell and rent canoes often have a variety of styles that are specifically designed for whitewater rafting, ocean travel, or rivers. Modern manufacturers make river and ocean canoes out of lightweight composite materials such as aluminum and plastic. Some are even inflatable, which makes it easy for a person to carry the boat. Traditionally, canoes were made of wood, a much heavier material. Newer vessels and accessories, therefore, are usually considered superior by those that use them for racing and other recreational sports. New canoes, kayaks, paddles, and accessories can cost a fair amount of money. Consumers can save money by buying used products that still function properly. Many companies even offer rental opportunities that allow people to use the canoes for short periods of time. Some canoe dealers offer repair services as well as sales. Repairs can help boaters save the expenses of purchasing new paddles, kayaks, canoes, and accessories. Instead of purchasing new row boats and sea kayaks, they have the boats repaired so that they can continue to use them. When exploring the new and used canoe dealers in your area, you might want to browse their web sites to help you determine which types of equipment and services they provide.
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