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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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    Conewango Kayak Canoe
    9582 Market St, Russell, PA 16345
    Looking for a quality and affordable kayak or canoe rental? Look no further than the recreation authorities. We specialize in boat rental services that include shuttle service to area camping sites.
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    (814) 688-7647
    User Review: "Wow is all we can say, 23 of us showed up, these guys did not even flinch, all we had to do was get in the boats they load..."
    Dreamboat Marine
    21690 Route 6, Warren, PA 16365
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    (814) 723-8052
    User Review: "This dealer has many models from dagger, perception, wilderness, old town and clearwater. And a very knowledgeable and..."
    Allegheny Outfitter Inc
    2101 Pennsylvania Ave E, Warren, PA 16365
    (814) 723-1203
    Lazy River Canoe Rental
    40 W Main St, Ridgway, PA 15853
    (814) 772-2732
    Dreamboat Hobbies
    21610 Route 6, Warren, PA 16365
    (814) 723-8052
    Lou's Canoes
    217 Stilwell Rd, Ridgway, PA 15853
    (814) 772-2663
    Country Ski & Sports
    81 Main St, Wellsboro, PA 16901
    (570) 724-3858
    Wigger's Canoe & Kayak Sales
    29060 Route 6, Youngsville, PA 16371
    (814) 563-6353
    McCracken's Canoe Rental & Sales
    5409 Shawville Hwy, Clearfield, PA 16830
    (814) 765-1410
    Evergreen Outfitters
    4845 Route 474, Ashville, NY 14710
    (716) 763-2266
    Tussey Mountain Outfitters
    308 W Linn St, Bellefonte, PA 16823
    (814) 355-5690
    Canoe Country
    5407 Us Route 15a, Hemlock, NY 14466
    (585) 367-3040
    Paths Peaks & Paddles Inc
    1000 Ellicott Creek Rd, Tonawanda, NY 14150
    (716) 213-0350
    Country Ski & Sports
    836 Broad St # Frnt, Montoursville, PA 17754
    (570) 368-1718
    Emlenton Outfitters & Canoe Livery Inc
    615 Riviera Rd, Emlenton, PA 16373
    (724) 867-8287

    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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