Canoeing, Sailing and Motor Boating

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George H. Doran Company, 1919 - Boats and boating - 335 pages
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Page 214 - Tis your duty to keep clear ; Act as judgment says is proper Port, or starboard, back, or stop her ! " But when upon your port is seen, A steamer's starboard light of green, There's not so much for you to do, The green light must keep clear of you.
Page 124 - ... whatever and may upset the canoe. The water always takes care of the bow, the stern is the thing to be swung clear with the paddle. You report, "Rock ahead!" and see that he sees it, helping with a side slice of the paddle if necessary, but generally leaving it to him. The bow man's hard work comes in going around bends. The river tends to swing the canoe into the main eddies, and your aim is to keep out of them, cutting across in the still water. If you want hard work going down stream, just...
Page 122 - The sign of the novice is his reaching far ahead for his water. Do not let yourself do that; you have no leverage there, most of your strength is to be put in as the left wrist passes your left hip, the while your right hand is sweeping the top of the paddle forward. This will put your shoulder and body into it and the motion can be kept up all day without fatigue. If paddling with another fellow in the bow, the stern man is always captain, and he is to correct with a turn of his paddle any deviation...
Page 125 - No!" when an inexperienced crowd want to run a rapids that better men than any of them have portaged around. If there is a portage trail it is a pretty fair sign that most canoeists go around instead of shooting the rapids. Look for a landing apparently much used. If you have decided to run, see that all duffle is lashed securely and go to it, the stern man being the responsible one. As the current splits over rocks it forms a cushion which will float your bow away if the stern man guides it in the...
Page 121 - ... being on the stick in getting over a ledge or down a tree, while the other canoe would slip over. On the other hand, the keelless canoe will get her canvas badly scraped if the ledge is sharp and she touches, and in lifting over trees when heavily loaded is apt to buckle or hog-back amidships. My own, which has done over a thousand miles of wilderness river travel, has a keel an inch deep and she bears few scars on her bottom, most of them being on the turn over the bilge, yet going over dams...
Page 130 - ... canoe with ease, while the other boy packs the duffle. Keep your baggage light in weight if you are going to have many portages, for double tripping it means four times the time and work lost. Suppose you have a two-mile portage from one lake to the other. With a single trip that is two miles there, launch the canoe, and on your way; with a double trip you have two miles there loaded, two miles back empty and two miles there again loaded — six miles ! Ever hike six miles along a woods trail...
Page 119 - ... greatest ease of woods travel with the least effort. Compared with rowing a boat, riding horseback and back-packing through the forest trails, the canoe is paradise, as the work of paddling is so divided among the muscles of the whole body as to make none of them ache, and one sits down comfortably and not with bumping seat and strained knees as on horseback. A down-stream canoe trip, particularly on a wild river where there is plenty of fish and game and one camps nightly along the banks, is...
Page 129 - ... rowboat of the same size. The portage is the surest preventative of disasters, and how to do it right is worth knowing. Two boys each carrying an end of a canoe under their arms will work much harder than one boy alone carrying it properly. Even carrying it upside down, with an end over each boy's head, is preferable, but the time-honored Hudson Bay method is to lash the paddles to the middle and forward thwart braces, the blades of the paddles resting on the middle thwart. Then, when you turn...
Page 127 - So, if you must traverse (cross) and the seas are high and choppy, better make it in two trips lightly loaded than try to do it in one and get swamped. When a Sea Curls Aboard When you see a sea about to curl aboard, give the canoe a flip so she shows her bottom to the wave, when it will go under you and all will be well. If any comes in and there is likely to be more, lay to and one of you start bailing. Always have your paddle tied to the crossbar by...
Page 123 - ... a turn of the paddle. If paddling alone, it makes a vast difference where you sit as to how the canoe behaves. Abandon the rear seat and find a place kneeling somewhere just forward of the rear brace. Here you can paddle on one side indefinitely, holding the paddle blade at a slight angle inward from straight across. If you find that the canoe tends to sheer away from course opposite from the side where you are paddling, move a bit further forward and alter the angle of your paddle slightly until...

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