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