Ideally, the length of the painter should be no longer than the length of the boat, especially on small craft, to prevent fouling the propeller of an outboard engine.
Canoes being used in moving water or whitewater are rigged with a painter at both the bow and stern. In addition to the functions mentioned above, a canoe's painters can be used for lining the boat down difficult sections, self-rescue, and boat recovery.
- Husick, Charles B. (2009). Chapman Piloting and Seamanship (66th ed.). New York: Hearst Books. p. 38. ISBN 978-1-58816-744-6.
- Grant, Gordon (1997). Canoeing: A Trailside Guide (1st ed.). New York: W.W. Norton. p. 111. ISBN 0-393-31489-8.
- Callan, Kevin (2012). "The Art of Lining a Canoe". Paddling.net. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
- Grant (1997), p. 115
- Bechdel, Les; Ray, Slim (1989), River Rescue (2nd ed.), Boston: AMC Books, pp. 97–98, ISBN 0-910146-76-4.
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