Posted by: dilligaf0220 on Feb-13-14 2:56 PM (EST)
I'm 6', 250lb, and I can not imagine how they could make the cockpit bigger, it's open past my knees.
There's no bulkheads in the hull, so gear accessibility has never been a problem for me, and I bring a lot of crap with me fishing. Anything you can't reach in the Canak you couldn't reach in an open boat on the water anyway.
Opening & reattaching the fabric covers on the water can be a PITA, but I hardly paddle with the rear in place unless it's raining. Day tripping I usually have a 50qt cooler in the rear to keep my catch on ice, it's no trick to reach around and grab things from the back.
And there's two kayak style paddle bungee's on the side, so an extra paddle or two is always at hand. And they work really well, if say you forget to take your extra paddle off at the end of the day, and drive home on the Interstate, and not notice your paddle still bungee'd to the boat until you're home.
I usually take four or five fishing rods with me, they get stowed in the boat.
And no, you can't kneel in it. Not much need to.
I can stand to scout channels, but I don't stay standing for long.
I think it would actually be a pretty good Everglades camper, pretty much tailored for it actually.
I don't know about a rudder, but then again I wouldn't put a rudder on any canoe.
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