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Rain canope for canoe.

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  • Created: Apr 29, 2008, 7:23 am
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The Idea

The product would likely attach 2 canoes together for stability and the material for the canope would have let air through but not water. Is anybody aware of such a product? If not, who wants to participate in the design?

I thought of this idea when I was...

As the president of the Great Gatineau River Run Festival (http://www.ladescente.ca) I'm after a canope that would protect paddlers from rain to make the 17 km more than enjoyable.

Comments Posted

daraddishman Posted: April 29, 2008, 10:20 pm

Are you talking about turning two canoes into a catamaran? Or into some sort of shelter? Little confused about what this is about. If it is just a rain sheild, I suggest using gortex or another waterproof breathable arranged in a cover of some sort. Should be easy to do with some clever stitch work and some aluminium collapsable tent poles.

CharonV Posted: April 30, 2008, 4:32 am

Think of what happens to an Umbrella in the wind and Rain.

A Canoe is reasonably fragile i.e. compared to a wooden boat.

Imagining two Canoes connected in a sort of Catamaran fashion, with an overhead Canopy/Umbrella, aka Sail, Children and a strong gust of wind,

Is not a pleasant scenaio.

May I suggest that you stick to the tried and tested "Sou'wester Jacket," if desired; they come with "Flotation" equipment.

vanhees Posted: April 30, 2008, 9:09 am

So you're going for a tour on the water but you don't like water???

PhilipH Posted: April 30, 2008, 8:49 pm

Are you talking about some sort of umbrella to stop the canoeist(s) getting wet? Or just a cover to stop water collecting in the bottom of the canoe (as seen on many kayaks)?

daraddishman Posted: April 30, 2008, 11:53 pm

CharonV: Canoes are pretty tough, even the cheaper fiberglass ones. They are prone to tipping if they get a hard lateral force though. Sticking them together into a catamaran would solve that problem, or any sort of outrigger device to be honest.

Maybe one of those rainbow umbrella hats?

CharonV Posted: May 2, 2008, 3:56 am

Hi daraddishman,

The below design may work and be stable enough to carry a canopy, its also a lot easier to manouver than two Canoes?


daraddishman Posted: May 2, 2008, 5:17 pm

That's pretty cool... it would be neat of you could collapse the middle support structure so you could put it on a roof rack.

Kevin_Cox Posted: May 3, 2008, 4:40 am

Looking for a tarp?

Emesee Posted: May 4, 2008, 5:12 pm

nice.. 4 stars

stevesitv Posted: May 5, 2008, 8:42 am

Wouldn't turning canoes into catamarans/equipping them with outriggers make them less agile?

Kevin_Cox Posted: May 5, 2008, 11:55 pm

I have read through the idea a few times now. I think he wants to make something like a catamaran but with a rain tarp overhead or some type of canoe with a rain tarp overhead.

It seems to me what he is after is a pontoon boat. This is pretty much the exact same concept except motor powered.

Brenden Posted: May 6, 2008, 2:08 pm

i hate when someone comes on here and post something and then leaves...

Brenden Posted: May 6, 2008, 2:18 pm

speaking as someone who loves canoing I hate this idea!

Rain is part of the experience, you keep going. Attaching a canopy just makes you more top heavier and makes you a sail which would make it dangerous in stormy condition.

BigTone Posted: May 8, 2008, 3:30 pm

Wasn't Canope a symphony?

landsky Posted: May 11, 2008, 5:12 pm

I don't think it's such a bad idea at all. I live the concept.
1. It's one thing to enjoy floating and paddling on the water; it's another to bail it from around your soaking feet, getting it down your neck, in your equipment.

2. I'd forget the 2 canoes hooked together.

3. Take a page from the kayakers -- cover the canoe at gunwhale level except for 3 clear plastic inside-out "pockets" to cover the canoers. And places for the oars. No, no, idiot me, I've been picturing a row boat! In a canoe you've got to have more freedom with the paddle. But I still think this can work, but stream-line it some how.


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