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02-13-2011, 09:13 AM
I bought this for me and my fiance to go tandem. But could one paddle it by themselves?

02-13-2011, 09:36 AM
yes you could. when i paddled my old town 169 solo , i liked to add a bit of weight to the bow to keep it down a bit. it kept me from looking like a wind sock !

02-13-2011, 09:50 AM
did you have a middle seat? Would you recommened sitting in the middle or in the back

02-13-2011, 10:32 AM
i had a middle seat but to me it paddled much better from the stern seat. i used a 5 gallon bucket and just dipped it about half full with water and put it in the bow when i paddled alone. i had much more control when i paddled from the stern and did not have to reach to get to the water. i believe my 169 was about 38" wide in the center and that was a good reach for my short arms. also by being in the stern i could drop to my knees in big waves or strong current and not throw off the paddling balance of the boat.

02-13-2011, 04:02 PM
well i finally got her out on her maiden voyage today. Just a two hour trip down the etowah. It seemed pretty stable. I even stood up in it. Im sure the more my balance develops, the better the ride will be

02-13-2011, 06:09 PM
Glad to hear this. I bought one but have'nt hit the water yet.

02-13-2011, 06:30 PM
thats awesome to know as well was gonna maiden mine today but too windy i have the adventure 14

02-13-2011, 10:59 PM
Main thing that Feral stated is keeping the weight balanced, if the front or back is sticking up the wind will be trying to weather cock you. And the canoe will keep a straighter course or track better balanced.

02-15-2011, 02:39 PM
This will put a whole new perspective on what is possible solo!
I just wish that I could make canoeing look like this!

02-15-2011, 02:47 PM

This one is even better than the last one. This is a must see for all single bladed paddlers.