-- Last Updated: Apr-03-13 1:47 PM EST --
Did said girlfriend sit in this boat before you guys each bought the same one, to assure that she has contact with the thigh braces?
I just looked at the cockpit dimensions and deck height, and unless she is carrying most of her weight around her middle, this is an absolutely huge cockpit on her.
My concern is that, as you guys start taking classes to learn skills, you will find that she is physically unable to do the same things as you because of the sheer size and fit of the boat. If it is bad enough it could put a heck of a crimp into your plans to paddle together.
I also need to revisit my earlier comment about skirts. I'd hold off until you confirmed that she has the reach to actually reach the grab loop to pull a skirt loose from the cockpit.
I know how long a 36" cockpit feels on me, and I may have a couple of inches on your girlfriend given her weight.
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