Buying a Canoe

Buying a Canoe


Floating one of Missouri’s beautiful streams is a
great way to spend a family weekend… and if it’s something you like to do often,
you’ll probably want your own canoe. Here are a few tips on what to look for when you shop: canoes are divided into categories by size: tandem or
solo…and by open or covered deck. A solo canoe can carry an adult and child, where a tandem canoe can fit up to
two adults and one or two small children or an adult and two children. Covered canoes are used strictly for whitewater. Try before you buy. Borrow different kinds of canoes from
friends or rent them from commercial canoe renters. During a test paddle, take a single stroke, then pause to
see if the canoe continues to glide easily. Lean outward to see if it threatens to
tip, or if it does tip. And be sure to lift each model to get an
idea how much weight you can handle. An “all purpose” canoe is good for first-timers. Look for
a 16 to 17 foot flat bottom. It’s steady and safe with some maneuverability. Fiberglass and kevlar are the most popular materials…they offer good resistance
to damage caused by dragging over gravel bars. If you plan to do your paddling in moving water, a keel may
give you more stability and helps protect the bottom of your canoe. You can expect to spend between 450 and a thousand
dollars for a new, well-designed pleasure canoe. And remember, if you buy a poorly-designed canoe, you may not enjoy the activity,
and you’ll never know that the canoe design was to blame. We’ve just scratched the surface of things you
can look for when buying a canoe.

6 thoughts on “Buying a Canoe

  • July 15, 2016 at 3:05 pm
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    YOU TAUGHT ME HOW TO BUY A CANOEEEEEEEE

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  • July 31, 2016 at 8:40 pm
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    I can just imagine all these canoe video makers being so confused at the DHMIS references in their comments sections.

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  • August 3, 2016 at 10:43 pm
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    Canoes and will make your teeth go grey

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  • June 15, 2017 at 5:54 pm
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    CANOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOE

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  • October 2, 2018 at 10:27 pm
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  • December 19, 2018 at 5:50 am
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    thanks now i know how to buy a CANNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOEEEEEEEEEE

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