How to load a Canoe

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How to load a Canoe - this boat as very stable, especially when loaded correctly!

Whether a kayak or canoe, it is useful when loading the boat on an even distribution of loads to surfaces, so that the boat at the end is just the hardest things in the water and as deep as possible and centrally located in the canoe.

As subsequently demonstrated consciously wrong, it should not look like:

So to go out on the water, creating many problems and can also be dangerous quickly. At lateral wind you can hardly keep the boat on course, to the width of the water line at the paddler is very narrow, which increases the danger of capsizing enormous.


Load your canoe always like that with the paddlers then just in the water. The only way to use the boat its intended performance even real.

The focus should be in the middle of the boat. If possible, extend leave nothing on the boat edges.

As long as you bind on standing water like lakes, canals, etc. paddle, your bags in no case "for safety" somewhere in the boat. Also connect any pieces of luggage with a long leash, even if there are publications that recommend such a thing. In the boat tightly bound baggage (even small parts) to a rescue in the event of a capsize in deep water are very difficult or even impossible.


The proper balancing of the boat is called trim or trim. With just trimmed boat you are correct in many cases. But there are also situations when it is helpful if the boat is trimmed a bit back heavy, ie that the center of the boat is moved slightly to the rear. Since shifting the fulcrum of the boat ride at slightly forward, side winds have the unpleasant effect that they want to push the stern (back of the canoe) continuously from the course. The paddlers often have to correct the direction to stay on course. A slightly trimmed back heavy boat takes the pivot point back more to the center, the negative effect of the outbreak is thus reduced or eliminated in the ideal case.