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I was referring to the Argosy review, submitted by birren and quoted by windwalker earlier in this thread.
What in it do I consider to be BS?
1. The Argosy is unsuited to any purpose other than freestyle
2. The Argosy must be leaned to track with any degree of ease.
3. The Argosy is very unstable until leaned nearly to its limit.
4. The Argosy has better secondary stability than the Bell Yellowstone solo.
I neither love nor hate the Argosy. If it were the only boat I could own I would probably be very fond of it.
The things I don't like about it?
For a 14 1/2' OAL boat with a waterline beam of 27" it has relatively little carrying capacity because the rails are relatively close together in front of the front thwart.
The low, rounded tumblehome leads to an abrupt decrease in secondary stability when leaned beyond the wide part of the "bubble".
For what is marketed as a nimble river boat, the small amount of stern rocker (1") makes the stern rather sticky when executing eddy turns. I am not saying you can't heel and turn it, but there are similar sized boats in which you can do it much easier, and those boats do not give up any straight ahead hull efficiency to the Argosy.
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