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  Cross bow pry, serial pries
  Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Mar-15-13 12:21 AM (EST)
 

It has been debated what the bow man is doing in this famous voyageur photo:

http://susquehanna-wcha.net/trips/canoe-trip01.jpg

He is probably doing a static or dynamic cross draw, but he could equally do a cross bow pry from his position.

Bill Mason was very adept at serial pries -- repeating several quickly in a row with short sliced returns between each one. That might be useful in meanders like Brown's Tract on particularly sharp turns. You can even do this one-handed to get further under the hull.

Correct, the bow jam or wedge slows velocity, but that isn't a big deal solo when you are just cruising downstream in the twisties such as the Jersey Pine Barrens. It's fun to experiment with the different ways to make an off-side turn: on-side sweep, on-side bow jam, cross-bow-draw-into-cross-forward. They each have different effects.

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