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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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    Boardwalk Waterfront Cottages
    Orcas, WA 98280
    Established in 1981, The Boardwalk provides fast, friendly, and efficient service. Located in Orcas Island, we are on the waterfront with a covered courtyard and a beer garden.
    (360) 376-2971
    San Juan Outfitters
    248 Reuben Memorial Dr, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
    We offer exciting naturalist guided sea kayak, whale watching, and adventure tours to see whales, porpoise, seals, eagles and more. Full and half day paddle excursions available.
    (360) 378-1962
    Discovery Sea Kayaks
    260 Spring St., Friday Harbor, WA 98250
    Discovery Sea Kayaks is a small professional sea kayak touring and sales company based in the San Juan Islands of Washington State.
    (661) 298-9495
    Eddyline Kayak Center
    11977 Westar Ln, Burlington, WA 98233
    (360) 757-2300
    Innova Group
    11781 Watertank Rd, Burlington, WA 98233
    (360) 707-2855
    Anacortes Kayak Tours
    1705 Quail Dr, Anacortes, WA 98221
    (360) 873-8791
    Fast Passage LLC
    500 Metcalf St Ste H2, Sedro Woolley, WA 98284
    (360) 855-3300
    Moondance Sea Kayak Adventures
    2385 Forest View Dr, Bellingham, WA 98229
    (360) 738-7664
    Lopez Bicycle Works
    2847 Fisherman Bay Rd, Lopez Island, WA 98261
    (360) 468-2847
    Sterlings Kayaks and Fiberglass
    310 Kline Rd, Bellingham, WA 98226
    (360) 398-2410
    Body Boat Blade International Inc
    434 Prune Aly, Eastsound, WA 98245
    (360) 376-5388
    Snug Harbor Resort Marina
    1997 Mitchell Bay Rd, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
    (360) 378-4762
    San Juan Taxi & Tours
    416 Seaview Ln, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
    (360) 378-3550
    Friday Harbor Marine
    4 Front St, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
    (360) 378-6202
    Crystal Seas Kayaking
    3135 Po Box, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
    (360) 378-4223

    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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