Because I'm a paddler I sometimes have people ask me for advice about what sort of canoe or kayak to purchase. My first question is always "what are you planning on using it for?"
Well today a friend mentioned he was looking for a decent canoe and his described use fit the "general recreation" category.
I normally could think of may suggestions but for one thing. My friend is on the larger size, probably in the mid 300 lb range and his paddling partner is slight and no more than 120 lbs. My first thought was that unbalance might negate the benefits of most canoe designs.
So are there any recommendations for canoes that can handle this sort of unbalance, or is it just a matter either throwing a sandbag or cooler up front to trim the canoe, or perhaps moving the rear seat forward, or am I overthinking the entire issue?
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Posted by: mcimes on May-07-13 10:30 AM (EST)
Id look at any canoe that has sliding seats in the front and rear. That way, he can move all the way forward, her all the way back, and even then I bet he'll have to put some weight up front to be sort of trim.
"Could" work. At his weight, he may not|
Posted by: ezwater on May-07-13 2:08 PM (EST)
fit between the gunwales with the rear seat way back.
He'd be closest to the middle|
Posted by: mcimes on May-07-13 2:51 PM (EST)
Posted by: plaidpaddler on May-07-13 7:30 PM (EST)
The 18' Champlain was built for big paddlers. It will tolerate paddler weight differences better than a slimmer canoe. The suggestion for dual sliders is right on the money. Only way to get close with that big a difference. Putting the big paddler in the bow in hopes that it puts him closer to the midpoint of the hull and thus better trim is offset by the narrower bow vs stern. There is a lot more volume in the hull 4'front of the stern than there is 4'back from the bow. And in paddling posture body weight is centered forward of the seat, not on the seat.
How about a symmetrical tandem design|
Posted by: Ayornamut on May-08-13 7:46 AM (EST)
A Few Thoughts|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on May-08-13 9:43 AM (EST)
Turn it around|
Posted by: TommyC1 on May-12-13 8:36 AM (EST)
most symetrical hulled canoes can simply be turned around and paddled "backwards", putting the heavier paddler closer to center and the lighter paddler closer to the end. That assumes that the lighter paddler will paddle bow and there is enough room for their legs up there.