Canoes will get up on plane just fine, and I've seen it done lots of times. Canoes will plane just about as easily as small semi-V fishing boats, and the only reason most people haven't seen it done is because most people haven't seen a 5- or 7-HP motor powering one. The bottom of any square-back canoe is just as flat or flatter than that of a small rowboat style of fishing boat, and they WILL plane if pushed by a slightly larger motor than what most people use. The idea that you will "rip the bottom out of it" if you make it plane is crazy. On the other hand, having too much power can result in a real risk of flipping during sharp turns.
Touring Kayak Paddles
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