Solo in N.C. Prospector
Posted by: ravenwolf on Apr-22-13 1:17 PM (EST) Category: unassigned
Hi, wanted some opinions, on the hanger seats on my prospector. The story is with old shatterd tibia/leg injury the kneeling twart is ok but not for long, so was thinking about lowering the stock seats/ foot braces etc. Bottom LINE kneeling aint cutting it. Thoughts on pro/con of lowering seats? Best, Ravenwolf;
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Posted by: pblanc on Apr-22-13 2:07 PM (EST)
If you plan to sit all the time and not use the seat as a support for kneeling you can lower the seat as much as you like. If you plan to kneel occasionally and tuck your feet under the seat then you will of course by limited by how much you can lower it.
Prospectors are fairly popular in the UK|
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-22-13 2:54 PM (EST)
where they often paddle them heeled to one side. Before you drop the seats a whole lot, you might try kneeling just on your good leg, with the other one out ahead or partly flexed with the tibia crossways. Heel the boat toward the side of your good leg and see if that is better, overall. If so, don't lower the seat so much that you can't kneel on the good leg. When you want to sit, it's easier to extract just the good leg from under the seat than both legs.
Posted by: PJC on Apr-22-13 4:11 PM (EST)
Well, almost. I solo a NC Prospector a fair amount of the time and also have an old knee injury... but so far I'm still able to kneel. Actually, when they did the surgery they cut some nerves in the knee and I now have spots where I have no feeling at all. So my good knee hurts more than my bad knee. (Kinda' makes a fella wonder about how "good" and "bad" should be judged in regard to knees...)
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Posted by: pgeorg on Apr-22-13 8:48 PM (EST)
is pretty stable. So, if you're thinking you need a lower seat for stability, I'd like to suggest that maybe you don't.
Posted by: vertpaddler on Apr-22-13 9:06 PM (EST)
After a back surgery and a knee surgery, kneeling is out of the question for me. I have found that my absolute most comfortable paddling position is standing. I can run up to class 3 rapids standing and I can see the lines so much better. Make sure your paddle is long enough that you aren't reaching down or bending over. It is worth a try. I always carry a sit-length paddle in case the wind really picks up or if I need to rest my legs for a short while.
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Posted by: Steve_in_Idaho on Apr-24-13 11:15 PM (EST)
That's what i was going to suggest too. The NC Prospector is easy to stand in. Paddle it or pole it standing.