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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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    Kayak Bothell
    11101 Ne 174th St, Bothell, WA 98011
    Discover how affordable our kayak rentals are. Contact us now to learn more about our high quality kayaks and canoes. We are authorities on the area's recreational opportunities and supply the very best boats to customers.
    (425) 877-8731
    WhatsSup Stand Up Paddle & Kayak
    10150 Ne 201st Street, Bothell, WA 98011
    For a fun water adventure for the whole family make sure you rent your canoes or kayaks from our service!
    (425) 417-8637
    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
    Moss Bay Rowing & Kayaking Center
    1001 Fairview Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
    (206) 682-2031
    Ballard Inflatable Boats
    2611 Nw Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
    (206) 784-4014
    Alpine Experience
    408 Olympia Ave Ne, Olympia, WA 98501
    (360) 956-1699
    Sound Board Northwest Standup Paddleboards,LLC
    1022 Marine Dr Ne, Olympia, WA 98501
    (253) 226-5140
    Anacortes Kayak Tours
    1705 Quail Dr, Anacortes, WA 98221
    (360) 873-8791
    Lopez Bicycle Works
    2847 Fisherman Bay Rd, Lopez Island, WA 98261
    (360) 468-2847
    Eddyline Kayak Center
    11977 Westar Ln, Burlington, WA 98233
    (360) 757-2300
    Innova Group
    11781 Watertank Rd, Burlington, WA 98233
    (360) 707-2855
    Fast Passage LLC
    500 Metcalf St Ste H2, Sedro Woolley, WA 98284
    (360) 855-3300
    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

    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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