Posted by: RobG on Sep-28-12 10:28 PM (EST)
Yes, exactly!! I know you're supposed to sit upright when paddling, and I do that even in my Rec boat, but the backrest in that one is vastly more supportive. The one in the Tempest is just pathetic.
I went out today for my first paddle in that boat. Wow, what a total difference! Definitely "tippy" compared to the rec boat, but I didn't capsize. I went without the spray skirt (it was in one of the compartments in case I needed it). The wet suit was a bit hot.. I need a shorty version. But anyway... I could "rock" the boat with my hips, and I worked to keep my upper and lower body separate. I sat upright as best I could against that pathetic back band thing.
What was getting me, though, is my legs were cramping up. I have the footrests set so my legs are splayed and pressed up against the knee pads, and I fit just fine between the hip pads. I'd try to press myself against the back band. But no matter how I set the footrests, my legs would cramp up after a few minutes. I would have to stop paddling, remove my feet from the foot rests, and stretch them out. That'd help for a little bit, but every 10-15 min, I found myself on shore having to get out and walk around a little bit. The problem is that there's just no "free" movement space for my legs in there, and I guess that's how it's supposed to be. Maybe in time I'll get used to it, or maybe I'm tensing up, I dunno.
Anyway.. I decided to paddle up-river from the boat launch, towards a dark red boat house on the right. The last time I tried ti in the rec boat, I got turned back once I hit the strong river current in that area. This time, I put the skeg down, and paddled through it. It still pushed me to the side a bit. I actually hadn't planned on visiting the boat house, but the current had other ideas. As I approached it, I did almost get dumped when I hit a nasty reflecting current off the boat house's wall. I then went around to the back side of the boat house and got out on its little dock and rested for a bit and had more water.
By the time I got back to the boat ramp, I was absolutely beat! Either I'm trying too hard (tensing up -- likely), or I'm even more out of shape than I thought (also likely). I'm very glad I have the class next weekend. I need to figure out how to properly setup this thing so it fits me properly.
Thanks a bunch to everybody for the helpful replies!! I'm having a blast at this new activity.