- Buying Guide
- 1. Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Discovery Sport 15 Square Stern Recreational Canoe
- 2. Grumman 12′ 9″ Solo Canoe
- 3. Grumman 17′ Double-End .050 Canoe
- 4. Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Discovery 133 Recreational Canoe
- 5. Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Saranac 160 Recreational Family Canoe
- 6. Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Discovery 119 Solo Canoe
- 7. Sun Dolphin Mackinaw SS 15.6-Foot Canoe
- 8. Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Saranac 146 Recreational Family Canoe
Canoes have existed since man decided it was time to take on the open water. The first canoe appeared around 8000 BC. These days there are many types of canoes floating around the market and they are made from materials like wood, canvas, aluminum, and even ABS plastics.
The common canoe is made up of seven fundamental parts. The bow and stern are typically made to have identical ends are efficient designs as they can be used for multiple purposes. Asymmetrical canoes have allowed us to determine that a user may want it for a specialty purpose, such as speed when equipped with a motor or use in harsh water. Usually the hull of a canoe will be symmetrical along its center line. Hulls come with different bottom shapes depending on what conditions the canoe will primarily be used in. A flat bottom canoe is good for stable, calm waters. With a shallow arched bottom, a canoe can turn faster, giving it an advantage in whitewater rapids or waves. Round-bottomed canoes are designed for speed and low initial stability. The seat is another fundamental part of the canoe, and in most models there are two seats. Canoes have a segment called the thwart that is used to add strength to the hull and sometimes serves to secure any gear you may carry along. The gunwale is a protective strip of material such as metal, wood, or soft plastic that reinforces the top of the hull. Small decks are typically at the bow and stern of every canoe, but in whitewater vessels, most came with a larger deck to prevent the canoe from sinking if it was turned over.
With so many parts involved that effect maneuverability it may be hard to determine which is right for you. We provide you with a simple tip and that is to pay attention to rocker. Rocker is the curve of the keel line from bow to stern. A canoe with straight-line rocker can move with great speed but lacks turning ability. Heave rocker canoes do not move very fast but give incredible response. Canoes with moderate rocker have shown us that you can have the best of both worlds if you are typically using your canoe for recreation.
Whether you are on a swamp expedition, racing against others, or just using it to get some classic recreation, there is some form of canoe for you.
Check out the 8 Best Canoes on the market right now:
1. Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Discovery Sport 15 Square Stern Recreational Canoe
2. Grumman 12′ 9″ Solo Canoe
3. Grumman 17′ Double-End .050 Canoe
4. Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Discovery 133 Recreational Canoe
5. Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Saranac 160 Recreational Family Canoe
6. Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Discovery 119 Solo Canoe
7. Sun Dolphin Mackinaw SS 15.6-Foot Canoe