The bow and stern seats are not the same distance from their respective ends of the boat. The bow seat is farther from its end (and closer to the boat's center) than the stern seat is, by about two feet, perhaps more. This means that putting the heavier paddler in the bow and the lighter paddler in the stern upsets trim less than the other way around. So in your case it will be easier to make the boat level just by shifting gear closer to the lighter paddler if you (the heavier paddler) are in the bow.
Deck Rigging Gear
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