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The choice of this boat was primarily due to its length (read: capacity), very good price (being long, it is not in much demand here in Ottawa), availability and, yes, its relatively low weight (weighs about a 1/3 less then our old 16', Langford say about 58lb, give or take a few). Portaging this thing was actually fun, if you can believe it, though that euphemistic enthusiasm will probably fade in time and over some 3.2 km (2 miles to US folks) chunk of a road.
Just have to get used to the bow seat – slider is not too great if you are used to kneeling while paddling, especially if you now have a dog's ass in your face since he cannot fit his paws on the deck scuppers any more. The wooden slides hurt my wife's thighs and the seat will provide kneeling-thwart-like leverage only when far back, unless craftily affixed in one place – which kind of defeats the reason for a slider. Great stuff. Fully recommend.
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