Adaptive Canoeing : Canoeing for the Disabled: Attaching Floats

Now, when attaching the canoe stabilizer floats,
again, they’ll get attached to the gunnels. They’re just fastened down very similar to
how the paddle wheel is fastened down. There’s like a little hook here that goes underneath
the gunnels and you just screw them on a little bit tighter until they’re nice and snug on
there. Once they’re nice and snug, you’ll do it to the other side as well. Some things
to keep in mind when setting this up on your canoe is again, you probably want it right
in the middle of the canoe. You want them as straight as possible, and you’ll want to
adjust the size. So you might want to, if you push down hard enough, this will slide
back out and the canoe stabilizers will be on both sides of your canoes. Again, it makes
the canoes almost tip proof. You’d really have to be trying to tip a canoe while using
these floats. You might have to be like jumping up and down on the side. So not only does
this canoe, or do these stabilizer floats make the canoe safer physically, it also gives
a little bit more of a mental safety boost as well. Sometimes people face anxiety when
going canoeing just because they know how tippable a canoe can be, And so knowing that
these stabilizer floats are on your canoes, it gives a little bit more extra comfort and
support to say, “yes, I can go out and do this.” So I’m a big fan of these stabilizing
floats and recommend them for first time canoers, canoeing with children, or canoeing with people
with disabilities that might have balance issues.

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