is as pleasant to paddle solo as a good solo canoe. So your situation is tough one. I haven't paddled the Solo Plus, but I've heard that it's not very good as tandem for larger people, though it would probably be pretty decent as a solo for you. The Penobscot probably comes closest to what you're looking for. It paddles okay solo...not nearly as nimble as a good solo canoe, but acceptable. If you turn it around and paddle from the front seat facing backwards, it gains a little bit of maneuverability, but if you want more speed and optimum tracking ability, you'll need to figure out a solo seat somewhere closer to the middle of the canoe.
In my opinion, though, it would work best if you bought a good solo for yourself, and a used tandem for when the wife goes along.
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