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  Whats a respectable speed?
  Posted by: mcimes on May-06-13 5:02 PM (EST)

Thats exactally what I was looking for. Thanks Bruce.

Jack, I took your advice and will just be uncomfortable near a swim at any moment. I noticed that the seat on my boat is 1-2" higher than on my last solo which probably contributed to some of the instability. I sanded down the seat risers and removed a layer of foam, lowering the seat by about a half inch.

Now, it feels a little more stable. My question is, do you think its worth me buying a new sliding seat assembly that is an inch or 2 lower?

Im thinking about it because I want a sliding footrest (currently its fixed). I would need to cut out the seat mount and install a new one if I want to lower the seat anymore. Im tempted but think a new assembly will be close to $200. In anyone's sage opinion, does a lower seat help stability that much? Or should I just trust that Everett knew what he was doing and that Im still green.

Lastly, I went out for a paddle yesterday in my J200. I went 7.5 miles or so and averaged 4.815 mph over a 105 minute paddle. My question is, whats a respectable cruising speed sustained for 1-2 hours? I know top racers can do close to 7mph, but thats what I averaged down stream with a 1.6mph current pushing me =( Just train more? what do you think I could realistically aim for as an end of summer goal?

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