Thursday, October 28, 2010

Not a Canoe - Not a Kayak

I have been looking for a small, stable, relatively light weight paddle boat to access some research areas here in the Pacific Northwest.
Having been dumped out of a "standard" canoe several times in very cold water because of inherent instability - both the canoe's and mine! - and nearly loosing all of my gear including the canoe due to lack of buoyancy when swamped. A standard canoe was not an option.
I considered the many "sit on top" kayaks on the market because of their inherent buoyancy and stability, but was not impressed by their lack of ability to haul much cargo.
Being from South Louisiana, I considered a flat-bottomed pirogue, but pirogues simply are not available in the PNW and are mostly considered a "still water" boat, probably not well suited for the rivers in the PNW or sheltered areas of Puget Sound.
I stopped by a local sporting goods store and saw something hanging from the ceiling that caught my eye. It is called a NuCanoe. Check out . I plan on buying one of these in the very near future. I'll probably opt for the 12' model.
This small paddle boat seems to meet all of my requirements for what I need in both a recreational boat and research tool. It is extremely stable, relatively light in weight, buoyant by design, plenty of optional accessories are available to outfit it for specific needs, is reported to work well for all of the types of water I plan to use it in, will comfortably carry two adults and a modest amount of gear, or one adult and a whole lot of gear.
I thought I'd pass this along to the group in case any of you are considering a similar type of boat for research (or recreation) in the future.
Jim Boudousquie

Monday, August 3, 2009

Is it a canoe or a kayak?

Yes! It’s sort of both. The NuCanoe can be considered a sort of hybrid between a canoe and a kayak.

The typical canoe can usually seat multiple passengers and is generally rather large and tipsy. Whereas a kayak generally only seats one person and offers better stability and maneuvering than a canoe.

The NuCanoe is designed for 1-3 people (possibly 4 with smaller children). It’s not as bulky as a typical canoe, giving it greater stability and maneuverability. The seating is designed a little lower than typical canoe seating, and the NuCanoe rests just above the water the way a kayak might.

Another difference between the NuCanoe and other canoes and kayaks is its uncanny versatility. The NuCanoe can be used for about anything: fishing, hunting, paddling, rowing, diving, and more. Passengers can choose to row the boat, as done in many canoes. Or they can choose to paddle the boat, the way that kayakers do. Find out how you can accessorize and adapt your NuCanoe to your liking by clicking here.

The NuCanoe is also designed to go just about anywhere. It functions well on lakes, rivers (up to Class II rapids), and the ocean.

Canoe & Kayak Hybrid


Seating Options

Molded Seat (Standard)      Expedition Seat     Expedition Cammo

Molded SeatExpedition SeatExpedition Cammo web

Sport Seat                                   Captain’s Seat

Sport SeatCaptain's Seat

Swivel Seat Swivel                Seat Mount

Swivel Seat Swivel Seat Mount

Fishing Style Swivel Seats

Fishing in the NuCanoe can be made even easier with the addition of a swivel seat. By using the swivel seat, anglers will have improved comfort and maneuverability. Switching side of the boat will be a cinch.

Fishing Accessories

RAM Rod Holder             RAM Fly Holder      Scotty Mount Base

RAM Rod HolderRAM Fly Rod HolderScotty Mount Base web

Sport Box                                      Sport Box (open)                 Sport Box (top view)

Sport Box webSport Box Open webSport Box Top View

Battery Box w/ Strap            Battery Box (top view)

Battery Box w StrapBattery Box Top View

Hunting Accessories

Waterfowler                                                           Waterfowler Layout

NuCanoe Waterfowler (Closed)NuCanoe Waterfowler Layout (Closed) NuCanoe Waterfowler NuCanoe Waterfowler Layout

Rowing and Paddling Accessories

Rowing Outriggers                                                     Mini Magnum Oars

Rowing OutriggersMini Magnum Oars Mini Magnum oars 2

M1 Paddle                                                                  Wave Paddle

M1 PaddleWave Paddle

Other Accessories

Bow Water Shield                      Hands-Free Motor                 U-Joint Tiller Extension

Bow Water ShieldHands-Free Motor webU-Joint Tiller Extension web

Stern Anchor                                                              SOP Anchor Trolley

Stern Anchor 2 webStern Anchor 1 web SOP Anchor Trolley web

Paddle Holder                                                                                     Paddle Holder

Paddle Holder 1 web Paddle Holder 2 web

Paddleboy Air Nemo Cart                                                                       SUT-250-M2

Paddleboy Air Nemo CartPaddleboy Cart webSUT-250-M2