downriver cruising class on the Nantahala, paddling a Penobscot 16. But then, he's kind of a machine. Also won the one and only downriver open canoe race on the middle Ocoee, in a Blue Hole OCA. Also not an efficient solo craft, but it inaugurated many ww runs in the SE.
Solo paddling a Penobscot 16 depends on height and reach. It's easy for my friend and me, but we're quite tall.
I would build a removable minicell pedestal, placed close behind the portage yoke, stuffed tightly underneath. With proper planning, the pedestal will not interfere with use of the portage yoke. No reason to remove or reverse the yoke. If the boat doesn't balance on the yoke, usually a paddle stuffed in one end of the boat will achieve balance.
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