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  Why didn't I think of that?
  Posted by: guideboatguy on Nov-20-12 3:33 PM (EST)

Yes, for a single person in a bulky, canoe-sized boat, rowing is the cat's meow, and the exertion level is actually pretty low. In such a boat, there's no advantage whatsoever in using a sliding seat and super-long oars that allow "full-body" exertion. You'll hit hull speed long before you approach the need for full-body effort so keep it simple and at the same time, keep the exertion level low. What you will need are oarlocks and a pair of oars (8-footers are perfect for a canoe-sized boat, but 7 feet will do in a pinch), a foot brace, and a seat that's low enough to keep the oar handles out of your lap during the recovery stroke. A guy who used to post here a lot (his screen name was Stap) was an accomplished canoe rower, and he often used a bean-bag cushion for a seat.

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