"The canoe will take you anywhere on the water. You can even sleep in it, as Marcus did on the Nile. In and out of caves on rivers and sea, across shallow mud-choked estuaries, through the tightest gorges, down waterfalls and over cataracts, traversing pond and ocean, the canoe will go. Moulded in plastic the limits of its strength and durability are well beyond those of the paddler. It is the ultimate boat, as the Eskimos and Indians knew.
This book does not, however, seek to preach or convert; rather it hopes to entertain, amuse, excite and occasionally provoke - believer and non-believer alike. In pursuit of this I believe exaggeration and embellishment is inevitable......"