is to carry something in the boat balanced fore and aft. I am always amazed at how the same boat feels so different empty and with tripping gear in it.
Its hard to find a Rockstar..so much of what makes our experience enjoyable comes not from data matching body specs but from our head. Now doubt your boat feels twitchy..it is more because you have raised your center of gravity.
But add to that your head reminding you of past twitchy feelings. Now you are expecting unstable and its more magnified perhaps because you were expecting it.
There is a limit. add some weight low down and boat feels more stable.. Add too much and it feels like a log and in the case of some boats gets more unstable. Particularly those whose hull is wide low down. (that would NOT be the Merlin II)
Heel and Pegpads™
PFD's (Life Jackets)
Kayak & Canoe Outriggers
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