Posted by: pblanc on Nov-17-12 8:23 PM (EST)
Big feet do present a bit of an issue in that a seat placed high enough for heel clearance might put your center of gravity when sitting uncomfortably high up.
A kneeling posture will enhance your sense of stability and ability to control the canoe by heeling it considerably. If you are comfortable in that position I would consider remounting the seat higher and gluing in some kneeling pads.
A key to stability in a canoe is to stay loose in the midsection so that your upper and lower body are somewhat independent. When you are kneeling as long as you can keep your belt buckle inboard of your outside knee you won't go over. In most canoes you can heel the boat quite a bit before you reach the point at which it becomes impossible to do that.
Actually, a tandem boat is a little trickier in the sense that there is another occupant in the canoe whose movements you can't always predict. After a time, you will be able to react instinctively to the other person's weight shifts.
A canoe is somewhat like a bicycle in that it is much more stable in motion that it is standing still so if you keep the boat moving it will feel more stable. Also the act of placing your paddle(s) in the water and exerting pressure against it has a considerable bracing effect.
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