The set-up of the solo whitewater open canoe.
Snip of photo from cboats.net. Full link in text below.
1- Saddle 2- Foot rails and pegs 3- Knee cups
4- Inflatable buoyancy bags (red & yellow), shown deflated
5- Attachment point for cinching leg straps. You can see where this
attachment D-ring had previously been up on the side of the hull. An
ankle block could otherwise be where the D-ring is now.
For anyone wanting to rig a whitewater canoe, there’s a nice 38-page article on a pdf file at http://www.cboats.net/media/pdfs/riverken/outfittingtome.pdf
Turner Bend's owner has this gorgeous home overlooking the
river right at the access point.
Once on the water, Colin and Lisa took me through all types of paddling strokes, practicing keeping the body erect while rocking and leaning the boat from the hip or waist, bracing, and feeling the point of secondary or ultimate stability, that fine line between the canoe being right-side up and up-side down.
The ideal way to start this pursuit of knowledge and experience would be with gently moving water, then riffles or what they called busy water, then Class I, and eventually building to Class II. Unfortunately, rivers aren’t built that way, and you pretty much take it as it comes. When we were most of the way downstream, I asked what class water we had run so far to get a better perspective of what the classes looked and felt like. I was surprised to learn that the first rapid we ran, the one where I took my first swim, was a Class II. The one where I took my second swim was also a solid Class II. The usable range for the Mulberry is 1.6 to 4.5 feet. Saturday, we were at 2.45 feet and rising, which they said was perfect for what we needed to do.
The owner's previous home, which is now one of a couple
cabins that may be rented. That's one beautiful cabin!