Posted by: paddlerabbit on Apr-09-13 12:55 PM (EST)
for the opinion and advice. Pilgrim Expedition is not an option, I do not have any opportunities to test-paddle one. I'm interested in your opinion on boat sizes though. Being a skinny fellow I tend to "get lost" in boats that are over 310-320 L. Thigh pads and all that helps of course, but what's the point of having 2 inches of padding around your arse in a large boat? I hardly ever carry more than 25-30 pounds of gear and that is a rarity - meaning I rather sacrifice day trip for a "perfectly fitting empty boat". My personal feeling is having a full-sized boat as basically a day boat is a bit too much of a boat to have, so to speak. I have not tried full sized Xcite, but in other 350+ L boats (when empty) I tend to be blown around. I was actually looking for something smaller and close-to-the-water, yet a bit bigger than typical Greenland boat. Maybe I'm not making much sense to you...
Btw, what do you mean you overpower the boat? I find it almost impossible to imagine myself overpowering anything with a Greenland stick - I stick to those because my shoulders are not too good and I found stick being much easier to roll with as well.
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