Submitted: 04-24-2008 by Gary W. Fogg
This is an addendum to my review dated 3/3/2008, regarding the average cruising speed in the Tripper. I mentioned that our average speed, after deducting for the resistance from wind, tides and waves was about 2.3 mph. This figure may be useful for general trip planning purposes in coastal waters, but it may give a misleading impression of the average paddling speed of the Tripper under calm conditions. When there was no wind, waves or current, our average paddling speed was about 3.5 mph. Furthermore, if we were paddling downwind with an 8 to 10 mph wind and 1 foot waves behind us, we could make about 4 mph with relatively little effort. Clearly, then, the Tripper is not as slow as our average cruising speed in wind and waves would make it appear. The point to be made is that the Tripper, although excellent for carrying a heavy load and paddling in rough conditions, will be more affected by the resistance offered by wind and waves than longer and narrower boats designed for speed.