SameBoat Shorts: Anatomy of the Open Canoe

It’s hard to talk with anyone about anything if you don’t speak the same language. And canoe enthusiasts have a language all their own. So this week Tamia’s put together an illustrated glossary for new (or returning) canoeists. And she’s starting at the beginning, by naming the parts of the open canoe. Three minutes isn’t too much time to give to learning a new language, is it?

by Tamia Nelson | February 27, 2018

Open, undecked (“Canadian”) canoes come in many shapes and sizes, and they’ve been made from almost every material imaginable, from paper to concrete. No matter how much they differ, though, they all share certain bits and pieces, and today we’re going to look at some of these. To begin with, let’s ask what makes a canoe different from other boats. It’s a good question. But it’s not an easy one to answer. Luckily, I don’t have to. Farwell made a stab at it not long ago, and I’m content to leave the matter in his hands. So for now, I’ll assume that we all know a canoe when we see one, and I’ll proceed to the naming of parts. … Continue reading this article…

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For half a century, Tamia Nelson has been ranging far and wide by bike, boat, and on foot. A geologist by training, an artist since she could hold a pencil, a photographer since her uncle gave her a twin-lens reflex camera when she was 10, she's made her living as a writer and novelist for two decades. Avocationally her interests span natural history, social history, cooking, art, and self-powered outdoor pursuits, and she has broad experience in mountaineering, canoeing, kayaking, cycling, snowshoeing and skiing.