Calm water Canoeing
Often a serene experience you can canoe calmwaters on lakes, estuaries, & mild rivers. Boat is propelled forward with the use of a single bladed paddle most paddlers sit inside the boat on a bench that brings them just below the rim of the boat. These boats are relatively stable once you are seated, you can carry quite a bit of cargo or even a mellow chilling dog. These boats also can be quite big and can carry 2 or 3 people, and are great for family outtings. These boats are made of Aluminum, Plastic, or Composite materials like Kevlar or Fiberglass. These boats are often designed to be very efficient for paddling long distances, gliding through the water with minimal effort.
Open Cockpit Whitewater Canoeing (OC-1 & OC-2)
These boats are also open cockpit similar to the calm water boats and are paddled with the single bladed paddle but are designed for different conditions. These boats are designed to maximize stability in rougher water conditions and generally are outfitted with a saddle that you kneel over putting your center of gravity lower in the boat. They are also designed with lots of rocker (nose to tale curvature or what I call the banana factor) the rocker makes the boat slower but able to turn quickly which is essential in whitewater paddling. These boats are also narrow enough to reach around and roll if they capsize and are often outfitted with big air bladders (floatbags) that prevent the boat from filling with water.
- Click here to look at downriver canoes from Mad River Canoe.
- Click here to look at whitewater canoes from Mad River Canoe.
Closed Cockpit Whitewater Canoeing (C-1)
These boats are often whitewater kayak hulls that have been retrofitted with a minicell foam saddle rather then a kayak seat. The designs of the boat and saddle configuration, give the paddler a lower center of gravity then in a regular canoe but higher then in a kayak giving the paddler more reach and leverage with the paddle but also making the boat a bit less stable. The boat is still paddled with a single blade paddle like other canoes. The boat can be outfitted with a sprayskirt to seal the paddler inside the boat keeping water out when running rapids and allowing the paddler to roll the kayak back upright if capsized. The boat is still paddled with a single blade paddle like other canoes.