Let us face it, folks, buying a canoe is a more stressful venture than buying a car. First, not many people own a canoe thus ruling out some help from a family or friend. Second, it is most likely your first time you are buying one. However, it does have to be a hard experience buying a canoe. Knowing your way around would make it easy for you and end up buying the best vessel. For your heads up, here are factors to consider when
The shape of your canoe is can be very confusing. On average, the width of your tripper should be in the region of 30-36 inches. However, this does not count much when it comes to the shape consideration. A narrow bow at the entry will mean your canoe can easily cut its way through water. It will move faster. However, it also means more water will be splashing up and into your vessel. On the other hand, a blunt entry will take away your vessel’s speed but will be able to keep the inside dry.
You will have to make a decision between speed and coming out dry from your canoe. Now that you know what each shape means, you can easily choose the right vessel.
Traditionally, canoes are made of wood. In fact, there is an old joke that goes “canoes are made of boat while boats are made from everything else.” But today, canoes can be made from a range of materials.
· Wood – This is the conventional material for making canoes. These canoes are more expensive and will require more maintenance than all the others will.
· Aluminum – Though it is very rare to get one now, there are canoes made of aluminum. It is durable and inexpensive. However, it does not carry the same aesthetic traits as the wooden counterpart.
· Fiberglass – Some years back, this was the most common material used to make canoes. It is tough and light. However, some models are just a joke, so you had better be careful with what you choose.
You do not need a vessel that will burst across the middle in the face of a big tide. Durability will thus be a crucial consideration to make. If you will be riding in a river, you will have to content with many turns and a few knocks. Only a durable canoe will survive all these.
The right price
Price is an undeniable factor when buying virtually anything. A new canoe will be more expensive but will hit the ground running once you buy it. A used canoe may be as cheap as half the price of a new one, but you may have to spend more on it before it is ready to hit the water. Whatever you buy for the asking price will always come down to what you can afford and the value you will get.
You see, it is not rocket science to buy a canoe. With a few considerations to make, you will certainly get it right.…