Learn the Slang.
Amidships: The middle parts of a canoe
Beam: Refers to the width of a canoe. Usually, composed of three measurements: waterline, maximum width, and gunwale.
Belly: Refers to the bottom of a canoe.
Bilge: It’s the point of highest curvature between the bottom and side of a canoe.
Bow: The point of the furthest forward end of a canoe.
Deck: Generally made from metal or wood, to which the panels are attached at the bow and stern.
Depth: It’s simple. The depth of a canoe measured from the gunnels to the bottom of a canoe.
Draft: The depth of water needed for a craft to float.
Flare: Happens when the sides of a canoe are vaster over the waterline.
Flotation: In the events of overturning, the buoyant material used to keep the canoe afloat. It is usually styrofoams or airbags
Freeboard: The part of a canoe taking place under the waterline.
Foot-brace: A bar against which a paddler braces their feet. It enables the paddler to increase the efficiency of their strokes and keeps the paddler secure.
Fullness: Determined by how fast the hull length increases, it’s the shape of a canoe.
Gunnels (Gunwales): The outer most edges of a canoe where the sides meet.
Hull: Body or main structure of a canoe.
Primary Stability: Stableness when paddled under normal conditions in the upright position.
Keel: Kind of backbone taking place below the hull. Keel provides stability and durability.
Outwale: The most outside edges of a canoe. In other words, the outside gunnel.
Painter: A rope attached to the bow and stern of a canoe.
Planking: Lightweight panels nailed to the ribs to support the canvas.
Ribs: Curved strips taking place between a gunnel to the other gunnel, improves strength, and rigidity.
Secondary Stability: Endurance to capsizing in wind, waves, or lean.
Skid Plate: A piece of firm Kevlar attached to the bottom edges of a canoe to prevent corrosion of the surface of a canoe.
Splash Cover: A cover aimed to keep water out of a canoe. Splash cover is effective in situations which rough and big waves are challenging.
Stems: The curving finishing edges in the bow and sterns ends of a canoe.
Stern: The rear end of a canoe.
Thwarts: The cross braces which extend across one gunnel to the other. Strengthens the structure of a canoe.
Trim: The angle at which a canoe rides. A properly trimmed canoe will set even in the water.
Tumblehome: The curving upper sections of a canoe.
Tracking: The level of easiness at which a canoe can be paddled through a line.
Waterline: The line of water to which level water comes when it is afloat.
Yoke: A bar which enables someone to carry a canoe on their shoulders. Usually takes place in the middle parts of a canoe.
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