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Going 'Trad' - When it's time for a bit of touring
If we know what we’re doing we can have a lot of fun with pretty much any canoe on white water. If we’re going to enjoy ourselves on slow flowing rivers and open water, especially on longer journeys, we might want to be more picky.

flowing rivers and open water

GOING 'TRAD' WHEN IT IS TIME FOR A BIT OF TOURING

If we know what we're doing we can have a lot of fun with pretty much any canoe on white water. If we're going to enjoy ourselves on slow flowing rivers and open water, especially on longer journeys, we might want to be more picky.

A river-oriented “trad” canoe on open water can be a recipe for battles and for slog. What do we seek? A  canoe which we find comfortable for hour after hour? A canoe which is easily driven, so we stay fresher for longer? A canoe which doesn’t catch the wind, so we’re not having to work harder than we’d like? 

What do we seek? A  canoe which we find comfortable for hour after hour? A canoe which is easily driven, so we stay fresher for longer? A canoe which doesn’t catch the wind, so we’re not having to work harder than we’d like?

As a rule, we look for a “trad” canoe which we find easy to trim level, with fine entry lines and enough length to move easily at our preferred pace and as little waterline width as practicable.  As little canoe as possible catching the wind can also make a difference, as can comfort from seated and a bit of tumblehome.

Going 'Trad' - When it's time for a bit of touring
Consult Design Create, Steve 17 March, 2020
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Going 'Trad' - On white water
For many “trad” boaters, rivers are a first and enduring love - at least on forgiving rivers where the flow will do much of the work and where getting things wrong is just part of the fun.

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