Types Of Canoes And Accessories You Need For Kayaking
Buying a canoe is not so simple, as we find ourselves in a sector that includes a vast range of models, brands and materials.
In reality, the sports linked to the use of canoeing are constantly developing, leading to a growth also in the number of practitioners who wish to have their own personal canoe.
Who is approaching the world of canoes now, may have difficulty choosing the model that suits their needs. We have therefore decided to provide you with a detailed guide to guide you through the steps necessary to purchase a canoe.
Types of canoes
The canoe sector includes models of various kinds, created for use on watercourses very different from each other.
Rowing can be practised in various ways, using a specific canoe depending on the environment and the person using it.
Let’s see specifically which types of canoes are on the market:
• Canadian canoe: Canadian canoe refers to the classic model, which is carried out while maintaining a kneeling position, using a single paddle with which to paddle on one side of the canoe. There are two types of Canadian canoes: the C1, a single seater, is characterized by a single paddle and by the kneeling position of the only canoe maneuvering it; the C1 slalom, used in slalom canoe competitions, where the canoeist is always kneeling and uses the foam, a material that allows him to have a greater adherence to the boat.
• The kayak: it differs from the classic canoe because it is manoeuvred through the use of a paddle, with which you paddle on both sides of the boat. Among the main features of the kayak we remember the length, which reaches up to 5 meters, in the longer models. The shorter kayak, which measures a maximum of two meters, is used only in dangerous waters, also called foamy, where they meet rapids and waterfalls.
• Rigid canoes: they are preferred by canoeists because they have a greater impact resistance than inflatable canoes. The rigid canoes are distinguished by their speed, which makes them the undisputed queens of rowing competitions. The rigid canoe models made of plastic are also very robust, thanks to the use of innovative materials that give it lightness and strength.
• Inflatable canoes: even if it does not seem, inflatable canoes are among the most resistant on the market, because they are able to absorb any type of impact, thanks to their softness. This type of canoe is structured to allow safety buoyancy, in case of drilling, thanks to an intelligent distribution of the air chambers. The materials used for the manufacture of inflatable canoes are mainly PVC and nylon. Inflatable canoes are the most comfortable, because their softness gives them a high level of comfort and great practicality of transport; you will not need to buy a luggage rack to be mounted on your car, because once folded up, you can store it like an ordinary suitcase.
Accessories for canoes
Before setting off with your canoe, remember that in addition to the boat, you will need some accessories that are indispensable for safe navigation.
• The life jacket: it is the first item to be purchased because, in addition to being obligatory in certain waters, it is also a means to have greater visibility in case of loss. In the event that the canoe is overturned, the life jacket is the only means of staying afloat and can also be used as a thermal garment, which protects the chest from the cold. Regarding the purchase of a life jacket, the best ratio between quality and price is offered by the brand, Valerie S. Giorgio.
• Manual inflator pump for canoe: allows the canoe to inflate his canoe at any time, without having to use electricity. The technical features of the “Bravo” model (which we describe here) are a thrust volume of 2x2500cc, the body in ABS, the dimensions of 21 x 12 x 47 cm. The pump can also become a simple flow, simply by removing the cap, for effective inflation, limiting the effort.
• The inflator pump for inflatable canoes: inflates the canoe by pressing the foot. The bellows pump has a smaller size compared to the manual Bravo and therefore takes up much less space, ideal for boats with reduced capacity.
• Canoe oars: also called paddles, they can be two-blade or single-blade, generally made of aluminium, which gives it greater lightness and manoeuvrability.
a kneeling position, using a single paddle with which to paddle on one side of the canoe.