Posted by: oldgeezer1 on Jan-10-13 6:35 PM (EST)
There is no question that the most important component of a rough water "system" is not the boat but the paddler.
Some of the best rough water paddlers paddle Explorers....and some of the worst! That is a function that the boat is so popular, and that I think that there are a lot of the "wanna be" types out there who buy one and think they are going to paddle like Nigel Dennis in it.
As a reasonably skilled and experienced rough water paddler I would agree that better paddlers perceive less of an "issue" with looser boats and therefore it may not be a huge factor for them; however, I would still contend that even among good paddlers the Explorer really does take care of you. The need for this degree of security is not as big of an issue for a truly skilled paddler, but still can be appreciated in some instances.
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