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By Michael Furtman

Canoe Country Camping is a whole, unique, and updated advisor that offers you the data you would like for a secure and enjoyable canoe trip.

First-time campers will locate solutions to all their questions on the place to move, how one can pack, and what to do. professional campers will locate worthy the best way to streamline their making plans and make their subsequent journey higher than ever.

Prepare for all of the demanding situations of the wasteland from the most obvious to the unforeseen. Michael Furtman, skilled Boundary Waters and Quetico canoeist, is helping you: plan your event, decide your equipment, pack for the portage, paddle successfully, and get ready a snug camp.

Canoe Country Camping is chock jam-packed with convenient checklists, precious charts, and specified drawings. Use it sooner than you pass. Take it alongside on your pack for fast reference. Then get in the market with self assurance, chill out and revel in your trip.

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To a large degree it determines both the speed of the hull and its carrying capacity. Canoes in a range from sixteen to eighteen feet fit the bill, with the seventeen-footer being the most popular. Within this range, the shorter hull will likely be lighter, Hull length affects speed and carrying capacity Q 16 feet—lighter, slower Q 17 feet—a good balance of weight and speed Q 13 feet—heavier, faster 37 CANOE COUNTRY CAMPING handle short turns better, but be a bit slower, all other hull design factors being similar, while the longer hull will be faster but perhaps heavier and harder to turn.

Since your canoe will be the most expensive equipment purchase you make, and probably the most long lived, it is wise to consider your options carefully. While on a wilderness canoe trip you will need a canoe that will handle long-distance flatwater paddling, some river work (which may mean tight turns on slow, winding creeks or quick turns in rapids), and possibly some large waves, and that will have the ability to ease into shallow waters, enough capacity to carry heavy, bulky loads, and enough stability when unloaded to make touring, fishing, or photography an enjoyable experience.

If you paddle on extended journeys to the Arctic, a fifteen-inch-deep hull will probably be necessary. If you stick to the flatwater wilderness of Minnesota and Ontario, thirteen inches will do admirably and can still handle more arduous tasks should the situation arise. What we end up with, then, is a canoe about seventeen feet long, thirteen inches deep, with a moderate amount of rocker, slightly upswept ends, and either a shallow V or somewhat rounded bottom. A canoe as just described will turn quickly when needed, track well when it must, handle a load safely in all types of seas, and maintain good flatwater paddling speed.

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