Also, standard drill for emptying a gear-loaded canoe is to get it to the bank and roll it. Gear removal may not be necessary.
A hand pump will help remove water from a gear-loaded boat, and rolling will remove the last water.
If a canoe is too delicate to be rolled with gear in it, that canoe shouldn't have been used on that river. Trippers and Alumacraft, no problem.
PFD's (Life Jackets)
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