Flippin' Out

Canoeing, Capsizing, Self-Rescue

Flippin' Out

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Patrick Hutchison

How to right a capsized canoe. 

Canoes aren’t likely to tip over, at least when used by calm people in calm water.

If you’re not overloading your boat with too much gear, or paddling toward whitewater to satisfy your hunger for adrenaline, then you can generally trust in your canoe to deliver you safely to and from shore.

It’s actually near the shore that you’re most likely to flip your boat—when crossing an eddy line, say, or when entering and exiting the boat, and thus significantly shifting the balance of weight. If you do flip the boat near land, simply drag it in and deal with it in shallow water, where solid footing will give you a leg up on getting your boat upright and clear of water. But, accidents can and do happen in deeper water. If you find yourself on the wrong side of your canoe, and you can’t get the boat back to shore, here’s how to turn things around whether you’re with a friend or paddling alone.

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This article and illustration is reprinted from artofmanliness.com.


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