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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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    Great Outdoor Provision Co
    4341 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209
    (704) 523-1089
    Strouse House Tackle & Outdoors
    2254 Us Highway 601 N, Mocksville, NC 27028
    (336) 492-2901
    Wilderness Lodge Canoe & Kayak
    128 Goshen Ter, Wilkesboro, NC 28697
    (336) 921-2277
    Wahoo's Whitewater
    3385 Us Highway 321 S, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
    (828) 262-5774
    139 S Depot St, Boone, NC 28607
    (828) 262-5111
    Get Outdoors
    1515 W Lee St, Greensboro, NC 27403
    (336) 294-3918
    Great Outdoor Provision Co
    3104 Northline Ave, Greensboro, NC 27408
    (336) 851-1331
    Zaloo's Canoes
    3874 Nc Highway 16 S, Jefferson, NC 28640
    (336) 246-3066
    Riverside Canoe & Tube Rental
    2966 Garvey Bridge Rd, Crumpler, NC 28617
    (336) 982-9439
    Rivercamp USA RV Park Canoe & Campground
    2221 Kings Creek Rd, Piney Creek, NC 28663
    (336) 359-2267
    Blue Cat On The New LLC
    5785 Fries Rd, Galax, VA 24333
    (276) 744-2027
    Riverside Outfitters
    12 Scenic Rd, Fries, VA 24330
    (276) 238-0878
    Three Rivers Outfitters LLC
    413 Church St, Eden, NC 27288
    (336) 627-6215
    Get Your Gear On
    208 Candi Ln Ste A, Columbia, SC 29210
    (803) 799-0999
    Watauga Kayak Tours
    1409 Broad St, Elizabethton, TN 37643
    (423) 542-6777

    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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