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  Kneeling
  Posted by: TommyC1 on Oct-02-12 10:50 AM (EST)
 

-- Last Updated: Oct-02-12 10:52 AM EST --

The Guide aka Freedom Solo is very much a kneeling boat. It's a wonderfully responsive hull when paddled that way.
If your feet are not too big and your shoes are reasonable you should not have a problem getting them out from under the seat in quiet water situations.
If your heels hang up on the seat when you get out of the boat you can try different shoes. Less heel and thinner more flexible soles come out more easily. If you still have issues getting your feet out you may need to raise the seat. That can make the boat feel less stable than it did kneeling lower but will still be more stable than sitting.
If you can easily get your feet out while right side up you will not have any problem getting out upside down in calm water.
Alternately a saddle will eliminate the entrapment issue entirely. If you are wanting to paddle that boat in Class II+ or better I'd strongly recomend a saddle for that reason. In a pin, with strong current forcing your torso back, a bench seat or kneeling thwart can be a death trap.
Otherwise I prefer the seat as I like to shift to one side or the other.


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