This is the first posting of the rec.boats.paddle FAQ in some considerable time. Many of the sections included here are new or much-revised; as a consequence, there are probably a fair number of errors included. Also, since this FAQ is also used for the whitewater mailing list, it is unabashedly slanted toward canoeing, kayaking, and rafting. Portions of the text below were written by Darren Bush, who deserves much of the credit for this article. Please send any comments, updates, corrections, or thoughts to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. And a big thanks to all of you who have already contributed your knowledge and experience!