Well, I took his 12 question canoe test and only got one wrong, that being number 11, about lining a canoe. I think it was poorly worded, though, as who cares where the "bow" and "stern" are, what matters is upstream and downstream. Further, if the upstream end is closer to you, there is no way to keep the canoe from just drifting in to shore. Having the upstream end a little farther away one can let the boat go out from shore, or release tension on the stern line to prevent a broach.
Still, 11 out of 12 isn't bad. I also thought the light kevlar down shallow rapids was a bit of a trick question. Clearly someone is sponsored when it comes to replacing canoes!
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Never have learned lining hands-on. |
Posted by: g2d on Sep-11-13 5:11 PM (EST)
I guess 40 years of paddling are down the drain.
I thought his question re freestyle|
Posted by: kayamedic on Sep-11-13 5:12 PM (EST)
Wood-canvas and keels|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Sep-16-13 10:21 PM (EST)
Well, according to one of the guys at the canoe heritage museum in Spooner, WI, the Chestnut company put keels on the vast majority of their wood-canvas canoes, and that company sure made a bunch of them. In the 50's and 60s, you had to pay them $10 EXTRA to get a canoe made with no keel. I've noticed that in some of the capsize videos of Bill Mason, the wood-canvas canoe in question had a very obvious keel, though I'm pretty sure Mason preferred to have no keel.
Not all Chestnuts had keels|
Posted by: kayamedic on Sep-16-13 10:47 PM (EST)
I didn't say they all did.|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Sep-16-13 11:01 PM (EST)
The thing I like about Cliff is that |
Posted by: g2d on Sep-11-13 10:44 PM (EST)
if he's wrong, he's wrong in a way that can be corrected in a sentence or two. I don't have to expound an entire alternate theory to start a discussion about his ideas.
You meant of course|
Posted by: mintjulep on Sep-12-13 8:49 AM (EST)
that one can release tension on the DOWNSTREAM line to prevent a broach.
Posted by: ppine on Sep-12-13 1:51 PM (EST)
Experienced outdoor people know that there are many different right answers when it comes to technique. Canoeing is a traditional sport with lots of innovation so there is bound to be some disagreement.
Posted by: mr_canoehead on Sep-13-13 10:10 AM (EST)
And thank you for that correction!
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Sep-12-13 3:20 PM (EST)
What was he wrong about previously? Just curious.
Posted by: mr_canoehead on Sep-13-13 10:16 AM (EST)
Previously, I bought his "Canoeist's Book of Wisdom", and went through the 100 tips he listed. Most of them were spot on, but several were just opinions on what he prefers. Bill Mason suggested he was wrong on tents, for example. I think he is "wrong" about sitting vs kneeling, bent shaft paddles vs traditional, and solo canoes vs tandem as being superior. All in good fun, though.
Several years ago at a canoe symposium|
Posted by: kayamedic on Sep-12-13 4:22 PM (EST)
I remember his Hints books|
Posted by: kayamedic on Sep-13-13 11:05 AM (EST)
and when I started canoe camping solo his books inspired me to make my own Hints notebook as I learned what works and what doesn't