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canoe stability isues, tips over easily when stopped Answered

I am trying my hand at building a canoe and while testing it in a pool it seems to be really tippy when stopped, but manageable when going forward. is this normal, or have I made some mistake along the way?
the canoe is 8ft, plywood and with a V hull. some help/ pointers about how to fix it would be greatly appreciated.

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rickharrisBest Answer (author)2014-07-14

You have 3 options really.

1. A wide flat bottomed canoe

2. A keel - this helps by providing sideways resistance to the water

3. Fit outriggers - Use foam or pool noodles so they will be very light.

8 ft is very short for a traditional canoe - unless intended for white water in which case it is made t be tippy. - !2 feet 18 inches to 24 inches wide and a draft of 18 to 24 inches is much more normal.

The V shaped bottom is good for strait line work but has no inherent desire to stabalise the stationary boat.


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Triclaw (author)2014-07-13

that why most dugout canoes have a stablising ponton

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mpilchfamily (author)2014-07-13

That is the nature of most canoes. Unless you make the center wide and flat bottomed. But this affects speed and maneuverability in exchange for stability at rest.

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