What is the left side of the canoe called?
PORT. The left side of the canoe when facing the bow.
What is a gunnel on a canoe?
On a canoe, the gunwale is typically the widened edge at the top of its hull, reinforced with wood, plastic or aluminum, to carry the thwarts. On a narrowboat or canal boat, the gunwale is synonymous with the side deck – a narrow ledge running the full length of the craft.
Where should the stronger paddler sit in a canoe?
The stronger paddler should sit in the stern. Sometimes called the “pull-to,” the draw stroke is used to change the direction of the canoe. It can also be used to move the canoe sideways, such as when you’re pulling alongside a dock.
Who gets in a canoe first?
For maximum stability in a two-person canoe:
The stern paddler should enter the canoe first, while the second paddler steadies the canoe for them. Once the stern paddler is seated, the second paddler should enter the canoe at the bow. The stern of a tandem canoe is generally wider and will feel more stable.