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  Have you looked for local owners?
  Posted by: Celia on Mar-31-13 11:58 AM (EST)

I know that local in Wisconsin can mean a long drive, but before spending that kind of money I suggest that you ask QCC for owners nearest you so that you could go and sit in one of these. I checked out the specs - I am seeing 12 inches at the rear and 14 inches at the front of the cockpit.

QCC makes fine boats and this model is popular, for good reasons. It delivers a good ride and reliable performance for a paddler who fits it.

My concern is whether you are that paddler if you are a small female. I am an average sized female. I have paddled other boats with these rear and forward depths and found them to be way too deep for comfort. I have to contort to get decent contact, especially that 14.3 inches up front, so that after about an hour I am hurting.

I will admit that the depth problem is the easiest one to solve as long as the overall volume works OK, with minicell. But padding down a tall front cockpit height doesn't make the boat any shorter - just allows you to reach it. There are potential effects on your forward stroke depending on exactly how small a female you are.

Boats are still largely sized and discussed in terms of an average male paddler, with longer torso, arms and legs than a female. Hence a boat for a "small paddler" can still be a barge on a small female.

As I understand it, QCC has lists of owners who are willing to let you sit in or even paddle their QCC boat. I'd suggest you se if there is a 400X within driving distance and take advantage of the program. It is not an imposition - most kayak owners are all too happy to put other people into their boats for a try.

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