A selection of fun, odd, and useful canoe
Air Lock: What happens if you try to lift a
canoe straight up.
Bang Plate/Stem Band: A
piece of reinforcement on the bow for extra protection
against impacts and abrasion.
Broach: Turn broadside to
an obstacle, such as waves, wind, or current—often leads to
Chine: Transition zone on the hull between the
bottom and the sides.
Rockopotamus: A big round rock
hiding just below the surface.
Throat: Where the paddle
blade meets the shaft.
Thwart: Cross-piece between the
two sides of the canoe.
Tumblehome: Inward curvature
of a canoe’s hull above the waterline; improves secondary
Weather Cocking: Turning of a boat due to wind.
Example: “Weather cocking pushed me off-course and the
canoe broached after the bang plate hit a rockopotamus. I
grabbed a thwart, hoping the tumblehome above the chine
would save me from air lock.”
(Photograph by Jerry and Marcy Monkman.)
Labels: Canoe, Paddling