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  Hemlock SRT for a dedicated solo ...
  Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Apr-05-13 11:15 AM (EST)

.... is the best tripping canoe I know for running 2-3 rapids plus speed on a lake. That's precisely what the canoe was designed for by whitewater champion, freestyle innovator, and wilderness tripper Harold Deal -- namely, to run the long river and lake combos of the Canadian wilderness.

A tripping canoe needs depth, at least 14 inches. To "run" 2-3 whitewater, especially with a tripping load, you need bow fullness and flair plus some reasonable rocker. The SRT has all these features.

The SRT also has a narrow waterline width, a rounded bottom (more so than shallow arch), and a pinched stern with differential rocker for speed on flatwater. In fact, I'd say the hull is tuned more for lake running than whitewater "play". Playing whitewater is not the same as running it.

As for the OP's desire for a day tripping boat on his local class 3, the SRT can certainly do that. You can do eddy turns, ferries and surf quite competently, but you can't "play" whitewater in an SRT like a dedicated WW play boat. You can't free spin the hull; to turn, you must be adept with using eddy lines, current differentials and aggressive heeling.

That all said, you can play an SRT in whitewater as well as you can a solo MR Explorer or OT Tripper, and you can implement better bow strokes while doing so. The SRT will smoke those tandems solo on flatwater for someone with strong flatwater correction or sit 'n switch skills.

Many trippers prefer soloing a tandem for space and stability reasons, and we have had the usual pnet cacophony on that as on all issues. There's no perfect solution to the OP's question, but there are several reasonable and enjoyable ones.

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