Basics of canoe rigging.
Knowing how to properly rig your canoe comes down to a couple primary considerations.
First- and by far most importantly- you need to know what type of waters you’re likely to face. Whether it’s a rapid river or a flat lake, knowing the type of water you’re going to experience will help you plan for the rigging technique that will work the best.
Second- the type of gear you are packing and how much of it (big and small) makes a difference too.
As a rule of thumb, if you are traveling in moving water, all your gear should be secured so there is only one thing to recover in case of a capsize instead of a bunch of things. If you’re on a rough lake, there might be other options to consider.
A couple of the basic type of rigs are the gravity and diamond rig.
The first is simplistic (actually involves not tying your gear down) while the second take some doing but brings with it, valuable piece of mind.
To get a further description of these two types, along with pictures and supporting information to help you decide which type of rigging is best for you, check out the canoe rigging 101 article posted on Canoe and Kayak’s website not long ago.
Hopefully this information will reinforce the importance of thinking about the “what if” involving a capsize and how to help you keep it all together (literally) if that happens.
Good luck and happy paddling!