-- Last Updated: Mar-11-13 1:52 PM EST --
Comments above from g2d, plaidpaddler, guideboatguy, and others about use of these tandem canoes for solo paddling are well taken. I should have focussed instead on convenience and applications of the two seating options for tandem paddling. The very useful ability to adjust fore-aft position of the bow paddler while underway has already been mentioned, and I would concur. We have similar seating in our 16'6" Sundowner, and find it very helpful to adjust boat trim in response to wind, waves, and current, as well as the relative weights of different bow/stern paddlers. I think this will have a bigger impact on the OP's paddling speed and comfort for the applications described than will the relatively small differences of the two hull designs.