Ok here it goes. I’ve been canoeing 5 to ten times before this spring. We decided to buy one. We want a family canoe that we can use around small lakes and calm streams. We are not going for week long trips or running rapids. Must be stable. Not to interested in being extremely nimble but stable is a must for the first adventure in to canoeing.
Did the research and selected a Mad River Adventure 14. Not to big, tuff, good beginner canoe. It is heavy but I was told this adds to the primary stability. Comments on the choice are welcome.
We (me and two 12 year olds) took it out this weekend to a pond near us. The wind was blowing a fair amount. We did OK for the first time I think. I was nervous about tipping it however. We never came close but we were constantly having to “balance” it. It made me nervous enough that I would be very worried about taking it into a moving stream. Even though we have PFD I still would not want to dump the kids in moving water.
Here are the questions.
- Is this normal for first time canoe experince and will it get better in time.
- Is there a way to make the canoe much more stable. I’ve seen the outriggers and do they help?
- Can you point me to a good beginners guide to canoeing.