A two-person canoe has seating for just two canoers and does not have room to accommodate more than two people safely. However, some canoes are designed to handle additional passengers.
When selecting a canoe, canoers should keep the usual number of people in the party in mind. The canoe manufacturer generally specifies the number of people that a particular canoe can accommodate. Shoppers can calculate canoe capacity by multiplying the canoe’s length by its width and dividing by 15. Using this formula, a canoe that is 12 feet long and 4 feet wide accommodates 3 people or around 500 pounds, including people and gear.