How to Save the Canoe? (Why?)
How to save the Canoe? ...Maybe 3-seaters about 16-ft long with a rudder could do the trick. Can be paddled solo and gives both solo and tandem setups easy control.
To my mind kayaks are best for wind and waves, otherwise a canoe is best: the view, the ergonomics, weight-for-size, cargo/people capacity, haulability, seem better with canoe. ...
Or will the 8-ft roto-kayak just keep winning? Maybe they're light'n'cheap and glide well coz they're slightly narrower (?) -- actually, I'm pretty sure they're slower. And I figure they gotta be per-size heavier coz they're twice the boat (have a deck) but they don't need gunnels/thwarts.
Now, I have nothing against short cheap kayaks: they're selling like hotcakes, right? Well, if it gets more people onto the water, that's all good. But I'm not sure they give good experience-return or that they'll get used much. It's like a bike-boom in not-so-useful bikes will mean resented bikes in garages then sold. Or a ski boom in XC skis that are hard to use means dusty skis. It's an "idea purchase" and I'm worried these boats don't deliver, so the idea will fade.
Could canoe mfg be modernized/simplified? If so, apparently it's the Fishing sector that will do it. I've heard they're the leaders today in bestselling paddlesport design.
Like, maybe a canoe-ish thing can be roto'ed with an open top and more length (for people/cargo) yet also with height-adjusting seats for kayak-paddle use and maybe rounded components so standing/walking around is easy and SUP/SUC/poling can be done.
Hey, there is such a thing, almost! The Mad River Adventure 16. Looks like it has a center seat as well for solo use or 3rd person. No rudder. Likely heavy as a whale.
I've heard there's a new lighter rotomold material out this year -- T-Formex from Esquif -- tho it's only 10% liter. That's not enough 'wow' to boost a down format.