Good advice so far... Posted by: Al_A on Jun-17-12 11:14 PM (EST)
but you need to understand something about stability. There is initial stability (how stable the canoe FEELS) and secondary stability (how resistant it is to actually tipping). They are two different things, and a wide, flat bottomed canoe that feels rock solid can still be flipped very easily once you get it up on its side. Primary or initial stability is more a function of width and bottom shape, secondary stability is more a function of the shape and height of the sides of the canoe.
If you absolutely have to have a very stable canoe, one that simply won't tip, probably your best solution is simply to get yourself some outriggers. Several companies sell them. Then you can pick out any of several fairly wide canoes that are light in weight, and with the outriggers they will be solid. Or just keep your current canoe.
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