Posted by: mrmannerz on Apr-05-13 9:51 AM (EST)
I solo a 16 ft royalex penobscot 2 or 3 days/week. I am 6 foot tall and 200 lbs and I fitted the boat with a kneeling board just aft of the bow seat - paddling the boat backwards, such as it is. Of course, while I see it as a good jack-of-all-trades canoe, it is an even better tandem boat...as long as my bowman weighs less than me...it gets tender with two 200 lb boys in it.
At 325 lbs, a Penobscot might work quite well for you solo if you can also fit a kneeling board. I have a suspicion that it will be much too tender for you to paddle as a tandem...that amount of weight at the bow or stern of the canoe does effect stability. I think that will be especially true of all of the solo/tandem crossover designs.
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