Keep an open mind.
Posted by: magooch on Jul-03-13 10:19 AM (EST)
Do not assume anything about boat length and width will necessarily determine whether a boat turns more easily, or not and whether it will be fast, or stable. In general some of those assumptions are applicable, but many other factors come into play.
I'm not sure there is any particular formula for selecting your boat. Even test paddling can be misleading, or very illuminating. I've paddled boats that I was somewhat disappointed in at first and later found to be excellent. So far, though it has been rare to be impressed by a first paddle only to be disappointed later on.
For me, a boat first has to look good. Then it has to be well built. Then it has to be comfortable. Only then does it proceed to the initial, but not totally conclusive first test paddle. If that first test paddle is very positive, then proceed to more testing. If the first test paddle is not so positive--also more testing.
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