Getting out on the water in your canoe is not only great exercise it is incredibly peaceful when it is just you cruising through calm water. If you love canoeing then you know that renting a canoe every time you want to hit the water just isn’t feasible. Buying your first canoe isn’t that difficult but you still need to get the right style for you or you will end up wet and really unhappy. Let’s have a look at what you should consider when shopping for a new canoe.
Inflatables are popular because of how easy they are to transport. If you travel often then you can pack them and take them with you pretty easily. You can shove an inflatable canoe into a back pack and take it with you hiking. They can be popped into your trunk, you don’t have to buy a special roof rack to strap them onto your car. The material is incredibly durable so they aren’t going to rip or tear easily.
These are exactly what you expect a canoe to look like and these are the most common type of canoes on the market. It is a long and skinny canoe with a flat hull and you can fit two people and there’s a bit of storage space. You use these types of canoes on short trips and they are very stable. If you are new to canoeing then this is probably your best choice.
For the more experienced paddler who likes a bit of adrenalin then you probably want to hit some whitewater. While you can try whitewater canoeing in a normal canoe you are better off with a special canoe. You need something that is easier to maneuver so you can avoid rocks and not damage your canoe. These canoes may also come with spray hoods to keep water out.
Before you plop down some cash on a new canoe you need to figure out how you’re going to use it, are you an adrenaline junkie that wants to do some whitewater rafting or do you prefer to get some solitary peaceful time out on the lake. The more experience you have the more options there are for you. Bear in mind that you can own more than one, you can get a solid canoe for most of the time and a whitewater canoe when you crave that adrenaline rush.