I acquired a kevlar 1997 Bell Bucktail this afternoon and it has the stock foam pad seat from that era and no pad for the thwart and I'm thinking I probably won't care for that set up.
I know that some folks have installed hung seats from the gunwales for kneeling, and I'm considering that. I'm 5'6" and 160 lbs.
I suspect that there are low mounted seat options available that are better than the standard foam Bucktail seat.
I'll likely attempt using a 46" ZRE for starters. I also have a few carbon kayak paddles in the 230cm to 240cm range to try in it.
I'll install foot braces at the first opportunity to aid either single blade or double blade paddling power and control.
I may not even get to paddle it for another month or two, the way the weather has been around here.
This Bucktail is red with wood gunwales. The wood is in good condition, but a bit dry, so I'll be trying to find an out of the weather storage option before tomorrow's snow. This boat does have the foam core in the belly. I haven't weighed it yet, so not certain of which construction it is.
This Bucktail won't be replacing the Flashfire or Curtis Lady Bug for their purposes, but it's a bit lighter and shorter than either of them and may find it's way to some more challenging put-ins than they have.
Any other observations or insights to the Bucktail are welcome, whether handling related or outfitting related.
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If you wanna paddle it like a pack canoe|
Posted by: pblanc on Feb-03-14 7:54 PM (EST)
This might possibly work:
Thanks. That looks interesting.|
Posted by: Yanoer on Feb-04-14 1:34 PM (EST)
This is my first exposure to that design. It's kinda pricey, though. But hey, what price too high for comfort?
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Feb-04-14 9:18 AM (EST)
Thanks for those suggestions.|
Posted by: Yanoer on Feb-04-14 1:37 PM (EST)
I've got a couple Sit-Backers, as well as some other stuff I could cobble together for experiments.
Single frame with seat and foot brace?|
Posted by: Yanoer on Feb-04-14 1:42 PM (EST)
Maybe one frame with integrated seat and foot brace that could drop into the boat?