Canoe vs. Boat

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Canoe and Boat is that the Canoe is a type of boat and Boat is a smaller watercraft.

  • Canoe

    A canoe is a lightweight narrow vessel, typically pointed at both ends and open on top, propelled by one or more seated or kneeling paddlers facing the direction of travel using a single-bladed paddle.In British English, the term “canoe” can also refer to a kayak, while canoes are then called Canadian canoes to distinguish them from kayaks.

    Canoes are widely used for competition and pleasure, such as racing, whitewater, touring and camping, freestyle, and general recreation. Canoeing has been part of the Olympics since 1936. The intended use of the canoe dictates its hull shape and length and construction material. Historically, canoes were dugouts or made of bark on a wood frame, but construction materials evolved to canvas on a wood frame, then to aluminum. Most modern canoes are made of molded plastic or composites such as fiberglass.

    Canoes were developed by cultures all over the world, including some designed for use with sails or outriggers. Until the mid-1800s the canoe was an important means of transport for exploration and trade, and in some places it still is used as such, perhaps with the addition of an outboard motor. Where the canoe played a key role in history, such as the northern United States, Canada, and New Zealand, it remains an important theme in popular culture.

  • Boat

    A boat is a watercraft of a large range of type and size. Ships are generally distinguished from boats based on their larger size, shape, and cargo or passenger capacity.

    Small boats are typically found on inland waterways such as rivers and lakes, or in protected coastal areas. However, some boats, such as the whaleboat, were intended for use in an offshore environment. In modern naval terms, a boat is a vessel small enough to be carried aboard a ship. Anomalous definitions exist, as bulk freighters 1,000 feet (300 m) long on the Great Lakes being known as oreboats.

    Boats vary in proportion and construction methods due to their intended purpose, available materials, or local traditions. Canoes have been used since prehistoric times and remain in use throughout the world for transportation, fishing, and sport. Fishing boats vary widely in style partly to match local conditions. Pleasure craft used in recreational boating include ski boats, pontoon boats, and sailboats. House boats may be used for vacationing or long-term residence. Lighters are used to convey cargo to and from large ships unable to get close to shore. Lifeboats have rescue and safety functions.

    Boats can be propelled by manpower (e.g. rowboats and paddle boats), wind (e.g. sailboats), and motor (both gasoline and diesel fueled).

  • Canoe (noun)

    A small long and narrow boat, propelled by one or more people (depending on the size of canoe), using single-bladed paddles. The paddlers face in the direction of travel, in either a seated position, or kneeling on the bottom of the boat. Canoes are open on top, and pointed at both ends.

  • Canoe (noun)

    An oversize, usually older, luxury car.

  • Canoe (verb)

    To ride or paddle a canoe.

  • Boat (noun)

    A craft used for transportation of goods, fishing, racing, recreational cruising, or military use on or in the water, propelled by oars or outboard motor or inboard motor or by wind.

  • Boat (noun)

    A full house.

  • Boat (noun)

    A vehicle, utensil, or dish somewhat resembling a boat in shape.

    “a stone boat;”

    “a gravy boat”

  • Boat (noun)

    One of two possible conformations of cyclohexane rings (the other being chair), shaped roughly like a boat.

  • Boat (noun)

    The refugee boats arriving in Australian waters, and by extension, refugees generally.

  • Boat (verb)

    To travel by boat.

  • Boat (verb)

    To transport in a boat.

    “to boat goods”

  • Boat (verb)

    To place in a boat.

    “to boat oars”


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