Some canoe designs are best suited for lake paddling, where efficiency and straight line tracking are ideal, while other canoes are better for swift moving rivers and streams, and justify some loss of efficiency for the sake of agility. How do you know which type is right for you?
What does the length and width, and hull shape of a canoe have to do with performance? What is Rocker and Tumblehome, and why does it matter? Will a keel make the canoe more stable? And is it better to have square or rounded stems?
What is a canoe made of? There are a myriad of choices out there, and the manufacturers do not always use the same language, but the materials that make up your canoe directly impact how it will perform, how it should be used, and how much you’ll pay.
What is keel? And where is amidships? Check out our list of common (and not so common) canoeing terms.