(and how it affects performance)
Designed and manufactured
to BSI 7852 (Code of Practice for design and construction of canoes)
Hull x-section; shallow arch with slight vee for optimum
all-round use, stable enough on flatwater and forgiving in whitewater.
Planshape; widest point just forwards but almost symmetrical
subtle through the centre of the hull and exaggerated towards the
ends for easy flatwater paddling without compromising whitewater
deep entry helps straight line tracking on flatwater, cuts cleanly
into 'chop' and provides rapid resurfacing in whitewater. Rounded
to minimise catching.
low and chamfered to give excellent edge control and lively performance.
well distributed, excellent reserve buoyancy.
Deck; carefully sloped away to the gunwale near the cockpit,
this enables a good paddling stroke to be performed, something smaller
paddlers find very difficult in many designs. High foredeck at cockpit
front to resist folding. Shape of deck gives easy rolling, and avoids
Cockpit; well placed seat and high front means all but the
very tallest can lift knees out whilst seated. Rear of cockpit is
low for easier rolling and it means kids aren't up to their armpits
in canoe! Integral thighgrips fit just about anyone. Rim keeps decks
on, undercut is reduced at the front for easy release.
thighgrips; foam padded and fit just about anyone.
Seat; well contoured to fit all sizes closely and help with
control, located a bit higher off the bottom than usual for better
paddling (esp' kids), anti-slip texture.
moulded and fully contoured ergonomic fullplate footrest.
Fit & Comfort; intangibles, but extremely important, and
always highly praised by users of all sizes.