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  A related observation
  Posted by: guideboatguy on Oct-09-12 10:12 PM (EST)
 

I noticed something similar about the Royalex Vagabond I used to own. It wasn't too maneuverable. Though I can't heel a canoe to the rail in any sort of confident manner, I've found that a "reasonable" amount of heeling will free the stems of a lot of canoes, but that wasn't true of the Vagabond. Wenonah canoes have straight-line taper between the ends and middle, which is very unlike most other brands which have a rounded taper. Thus, the effective zone of greatest width in the Vagabond is concentrated within a very small area, rather than spread out over a substantial portion of the boat's length. The reason the stems won't come free is because with the widest part of the boat concentrated within such a small area, leaning simply causes the widest part of the boat to bury itself deeply in the water. A boat with a more gradual transition from the wide center section to the narrower ends (due to curved taper rather than straight-line taper) does not sink as deeply as a Vagabond when leaned because the same displacement occurs with MUCH less draft. The overall result is that the main thing the Vagabond does well is go straight, and since the Wilderness appears to be an over-sized Vagabond, a heavy person in a Wilderness would likely find the same unresponsiveness to leaning that a small person finds with the Vagabond.

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