Small Boat Fun with Canoes and Kayaks
Some of the best times you can have while tent camping is in the water. Boating in small boats like Canoes and kayaks is a fun inexpensive way to get out on the water and is still friendly to the environment.
Canoe and Kayak Construction
Polyethylene, aluminum, and fiberglass are some of the materials that canoes and kayaks are built from. These are all light materials and are very durable. The difference comes in flexibility. Polyethylene “a durable plastic” is the most flexible and has the best chance of holding up without damage when in an impact.
Aluminum would be the next best for impact then fiberglass. Fiberglass is made of strands of glass reinforced plastic which will flex to some degree but has an earlier breaking point than aluminum or polyethylene.
A big advantage to the aluminum is the resistance to sun damage. UV damage happens when something is left in the sun too long and breaks down. Plastic and fiberglass are susceptible to UV damage and should be stored in a dry shaded place. An aluminum canoe can be stored in any area, upside down to keep water from pooling.
Inflatable Canoes and Kayaks
Another way to go would be with an inflatable canoe or kayak. These have the advantage of being compactable and can be moved and stored in a much smaller spaces. These are also much lighter than the non inflatable canoes and kayaks. Like any inflatable item, these need to be inflated. An additional air pump is recommended for inflation do to the large amount of space that needs to be filled.
Canoeing and Kayaking Safety
Like with any watercraft life vest should be worn for safety. If in an area with other boats an air horn or whistle should be kept handy for emergency situation. It is always a good idea to keep an extra paddle incase one gets away from you or your boating partner. Always remember that in river boating, if in doubt slow you’re your boat down and think about your next move. Keep safety first always when canoeing and kayaking.