The used canoes for sale are designed to be used in a number of different settings. The days of the one-size-fits-all canoe are gone and specialization is the key to finding the right canoe for your purposes. That’s a good thing since the manufacturers of the top new and used canoes deliver water craft that will boost your performance whatever it is you’re doing. Here are the key things to look at while considering buying a used canoes.

CanoeMaterials: A lot of canoes are still made from aluminum and aluminum alloy.  It has its advantages: It is tough, durable, doesn’t degrade in weather, and is resistant to scratching.  Its disadvantages include the fact that it is heavy and often requires buoyancy chambers to help with floatation, and can tend to stick to obstacles underwater, possibly affecting the crafts stability.

Other popular materials today include Polyethylene, a favorite for its durability and memory – it will return to its original shape if bent.  For some, it is too flexible.  Manufacturers stabilize their canoes from this material with support frames in some models.  While lighter than most aluminum canoes are still heavier than today’s top materials.

The choices for light, competitive and durable canoes include a range of newer materials such as Royalex, Kevlar, fiberglass and classic wood.  Each has its pros and cons concerning durability and weight.  Price points differ and for the average kayaker, that may become the deciding factor.

Performance: When you shop for canoes on sale, take into consideration the features that will help you achieve your goals on the water.  These include the canoe length.  In short, the faster the water is moving, the shorter the canoe should be since it will be easier to maneuver and less susceptible to water action against its sides.  Stability concerns the depth and shape of the canoe.  Experienced canoers may choose less stable canoes that offer greater speed, while inexperienced paddlers should opt for greater stability.

Usage: Again, today’s canoes are built to accommodate different purposes.  For example, whitewater canoes are shorter and very lithe, offering the paddler the best possible control over their craft.  Most are one-person, but experienced paddlers may want to look at 2-person whitewater canoes.

Touring canoes tend to be longer so that the two inhabitants can pack along a week’s worth of gear. 

A tip for touring canoes – keep them loaded to a maximum 80% of capacity so that if rough water or torrential rain develops you’ve got some margin for taking on water. 

Recreational canoes are the most general, but also the most diverse.

Fishing canoes offer greater stability at the expense of maneuverability.

Inflatable canoes are affordable and easy to transport, though not tremendously durable.

Take some time to consider the way you intend to explore the water around you and your notes will guide you to the right canoe.

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