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  Merlin super-light
  Posted by: Celia on Mar-06-14 7:45 AM (EST)

I have one, though it hasn't seen much water the last couple of seasons due to home front distractions. It is some super-light layup - weighs maybe 21 pounds.

At the time I got it someone here who knows canoes said that this boat handled a bit differently than the Merlins in a heavier layup - it really needed to have weight added to keep the trim right for wind etc. I can't compare it side to side from paddling a different Merlin, but I can say it does noticeably better with some weight in it.

That said, the boat is so light it becomes a self-correcting problem, since its ballast is rated to the allover weight. After many sessions trying to self-rescue in this boat I concluded that the only solution for safe solo paddling would be large, and heavy, float bags. It sinks on re-entry more often than no so that the paddler is sitting chest deep in water. I haven't gotten around to it, but my guess is that the weight of the float bags (takes 57" inch ones I think) resolves some of the trim issue.

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