Submitted: 01-13-2012 by C Davies
I live in the UK on a narrowboat, my canoe is towed behind or on top of the boat. It's regularly squashed behind a 12 ton boat inside locks, used as a wheelbarrow (firewood, gas bottles, chemical toilets), used to take casual passengers to the pub, and occasionally clumsy attempts at seduction. Some of them work, the canoe definitely helps. (:
It is SLOW compared to other canoes. But if you're on your own time (who isn't on their own time when they're in a canoe?), you will get to where you're going. Mine went out 280 days last year(would have been more but I broke my rib), this year I'm going for tours with two different people along the Thames just above London twice and even a trip along the Svartälven in Sweden in August. The canoe will do it all, it's not as fast as some canoes but it still gets there.
Of course, if you're one of those slightly inadequate equipment obsessives, you'll want something that costs more money, shinier and made of more esoteric materials. But if you just want to go paddling, this will do the job and won't give you any trouble.