Flat Bottom These hulls look just like they sound: Some manufacturers make up their own secret recipe of Kevlar and fiberglass. The bottom of the v is also vulnerable to scrapes and damage. Some have straight sides, which provide no particular benefit or limitation, and others combine both in the same watercraft. You know, kayaking, that sport where novices are out surfing within their first hour of paddling. Figure 16 compares Boss's diagram based on a 45" log with Bevis's proposal, also here with a 45" log:.
Roto-molded polyethylene is a cheaper but heavier alternative to Royalex. The foam core and series of foam ribs extending up the sides of the hull are all wedged between multiple layers of fabric on top and bottom and laminated via resin infusion. When travelling on a large lake with the wind in your face, the canoe must be loaded with a majority of the weight in the forward half of the canoe. A wider canoe will be more stable than a narrower one. If you plan to fish, photograph, or paddle moving or whitewater, a rounded bottom may be better suited as you twist and turn to maneuver your canoe, cast, etc. Tracking — the tendency of a canoe to travel in a straight line — is determined by its length.
And, straight line canoes haves no rocker, track extremely well but lack maneuverability. Or do you want a basic, no-frills model? This allows the paddler to heel the canoe over to carve turns — which is important for whitewater boats. It makes an ugly boat but solves a problem. High sides can catch the wind so increase windage, but that's not important for protected water. How about your delivery time? You should avoid canoes that have a beam that is narrower then 32" unless you are very experienced.
Considering their needs, what hull design did Clark and Gass choose, to maximize carrying capacity? No single canoe is perfect for all uses. It retains the style of classic canoeing and breaks the concept of traditional canoeing. View image of The leopard of the swamp Credit: Rocker is how much the bow and stern of the canoe curves upward.