So much easier to load the boat with the oval hatches.
I like to pack a camp chair. I know, I know, it ain't "minimalist." But my bad back loves that chair. The chair folds down to 30"x5". There's no way the chair is going into a round hatch.
My tent could go in round hatches, but I think it would be difficult to pack it in the tent sack that was provided with it, which results in a 22.5" x 7"packed size. Certainly it would go if I separately pack the tent, fly, and poles. But with oval hatches the sack-packed tent drops right in.
BTW, I can't find those chairs anymore. They've been replaced on store shelves by larger chairs with arm rests and drink holders. I found a trashed one on the river and took it home to scavenge for parts, and I have a couple of them I keep fixing. They cost about $5 and weren't the strongest chairs, only rated for 225 lbs. Maybe that's why they stopped selling them in our country full of big peep.
Free Standing Boat Racks
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles
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