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I will be test paddling a Curtis Vagabond in Kevlar in the next couple of days. I am 5' 10" and weight about 185. I have read the one review and done a search. Those that gave height and weight were 5' 6" and 160. Am I a bit big for this solo?
I see it is reviewed as a mostly flat water canoe capable in class1. I enjoy weekend camping and wonder about this solo for me and camping gear. I also suspect it may feel a bit tippy at first since I am more use to paddling a tandem solo. I have good enough balance to do a cowboy reentry in a sea kayak with an ocean style cockpit which requires sitting on the back deck and entering legs first. I intend to use a single blade paddle most of the time.
Just looking for some feed back on this boat if anyone is so inclined to do so.
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I should add I can either sit or kneel|
Posted by: castoff on May-14-13 9:05 AM (EST)
When paddling my tandem as a solo.
Here is the original catalog page|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on May-14-13 9:14 AM (EST)
Posted by: castoff on May-14-13 11:08 AM (EST)
Your post is very helpful. I do plan on test paddling the boat even though it may be a bit small for my needs. It may prove fun and also allow an old backpacker weekend getaways.
....and try to remember how you did,|
Posted by: bigspencer on May-14-13 11:31 AM (EST)
As fo performance|
Posted by: stevet on May-14-13 12:44 PM (EST)
there aren't a lot of solos that are better at all around performance. You should be fine at your weight/height provided you don't pack the kitchen sink. Take an appropriately weighted pack to the test paddle.
Sounds like what |
Posted by: castoff on May-14-13 1:47 PM (EST)
Go for it - it's a fine canoe.|
Posted by: Yanoer on May-14-13 11:35 PM (EST)
I'm selling my fiberglass Vagabond that weighs 40 lbs, because I have three other solos that weigh 33 lbs or less.
Well I test paddled today.|
Posted by: castoff on May-15-13 7:28 PM (EST)
Congratulations and . . . |
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on May-15-13 9:30 PM (EST)
. . . don't forget to go to confession.
Posted by: CEWilson on May-15-13 10:10 PM (EST)
We usually, use longer paddles on solo compared to tandem because we're using cross strokes from the center of the boat?
A lot left for me to learn|
Posted by: castoff on May-16-13 7:15 AM (EST)
I would love to make it to the Adirondack symposium!
yes you need to improve your paddle|
Posted by: kayamedic on May-16-13 8:16 AM (EST)
wardrobe. Its a common phenomenon when you have multiple boats and paddle multiple places.
That was what I thought|
Posted by: castoff on May-16-13 9:21 AM (EST)
Given the throat was swallowing water. ;0) I figured 1-2" off the 49" bent and about 4 off the guide would work for the solo. I am headed out to padle this morning, and will pay close attention to this. It also means my lady will/might need to do something similar. It depends on our physical geometry and the boat it seems.
Posted by: rblturtle on May-16-13 11:54 AM (EST)
I always wanted to paddle one to compair it with my Kestrel. I use a longer paddle or longer bladded paddle(otter tail,voyeger) when stern paddling a tandem because of a higher seat position relitive to the water,and the help it gives in steering when you carry the paddle aft of the stern.
Just got back in from paddling on a pond|
Posted by: castoff on May-16-13 3:34 PM (EST)
If you are ever paddling here in SC you are welcome to paddle the vagabond, or if I get to NY with it the same offer stands.
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on May-16-13 7:43 PM (EST)
At 5-9 I can adapt as a solo paddler to a variety of paddle lengths if necessary, but I do have preferences. With the blade buried, these preferences are different for:
I just want |
Posted by: castoff on May-17-13 7:48 AM (EST)
To thank y'all for your input, sharing, knowlege, and humor. I hope to paddle with you someday.
a bit top heavy 4 the vagabond|
Posted by: castoff on May-21-13 2:34 PM (EST)
so I remove the seat and sit two inches lower. This is comfortable and stable. I can kneel with the seat in place, but have to add about a one inch cushion to be comfortable. When I do it decreases the stability. I really enjoy the boat, even though I may be a bit tall for it. I am using a minicell seat I made for a kayak I built and stack up foam under it to change the seating height. I want to be high enough to use a single blade paddle.
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on May-21-13 3:17 PM (EST)
Sitting on foam blocks is reasonable. I've been sitting on three foam PFD cushions for 35 years in certain boats.
Thanks for the photo link|
Posted by: castoff on May-21-13 10:21 PM (EST)
The arrangement I have substituted for the cane seat looks like the contoured seat in your photo (homemade) but sitting on 6 inches of foam underneath instead of on the wood frame. I notice the angle blocks in the photo are about the same depth and angle on the vagabond. I would have to add a two inch spacer and longer bolts to get the seat as low as what I am currently experimenting with. In that position I can't get my feet under the seat to kneel so have to sit feet forward anyway. However, I can adjust trim easily by moving the position of the seat I am now using on the bottom of the canoe, and it lowers my center of gravity.