A selection of fun, odd, and useful jargon for canoe parts and paddling:
Air Lock: What happens if you try to lift a capsized
canoe straight up.
Bang Plate/Stem Band: A piece of reinforcement on the bow for extra protection against impacts and abrasion.
Broach: Turn broadside to an obstacle, such as waves, wind, or current—often leads to capsize.
Chine: Transition zone on the hull between the bottom and the sides.
Rockopotamus: A big round rock hiding just below the surface.
Throat: Where the paddle blade meets the shaft.
Thwart: Cross-piece between the two sides of the canoe.
Tumblehome: Inward curvature of a canoe’s hull above the waterline; improves secondary stability.
Weather Cocking: Turning of a boat due to wind.
Example: “Weather cocking pushed me off-course and the canoe broached after the bang plate hit a rockopotamus. I grabbed a thwart, hoping the tumblehome above the chine would save me from air lock.”