Posted by: oldgeezer1 on Jan-02-13 4:29 PM (EST)
I certainly agree that paddling the boat is essential, but still like to hear other's input. I would contend that just test paddling it is not enough though, as it does not expose you to the vast amount of potential conditions and circumstances that another paddler may have experienced with the boat, which is one of the reasons that I ask the question. For instance, with the Greenlander Pro (which I really do like for the most part) I find that the bow pearls when on steep waves, that it tends to weathercock a bit when paddled across a strong wind, that the boat tends to get pushed around a lot in beams seas and that it can be a bit squirrelly in a following sea. All those are things I never would have discovered on most normal test paddles and all are traits that I think that most paddlers could agree on.
Also believe there are some generalities about boats that tend to hold true and that are a matter of preference as to what traits you prefer. Like when comparing a Nordkapp to an Explorer, most people will tell you the same things...the Nordkapp is faster, more tender and generally very "transparent" to beams seas / doesn't get pushed around a lot, and that it tends to require the attention of the paddler. The Explorer is slower, more steady and easier to perform rescues, etc, a lot more forgiving, etc. But both are great boats and one is not necessarily better than the other. Just take your pick of which set of characteristics you want.
That is the basis of my question--not necessarily asking which boat is better, but just curious to hear others' opinions about how they compare.
I do appreciate your comment though.
I should add that I am about 200 pounds.
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