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This reminds me of some of the bicycling enthusiasts, who, getting seriously into the sport at an age that's well past their "bicycling prime years", they spend hundreds of dollars more for a bike that weighs two or three pounds less, yet their own body weighs 50 or 70 pounds more than it did when they were younger and fitter. It makes perfect sense that a canoe which weighs 30 pounds less is not floating all that much higher in the water since the guy paddling the thing probably weighs six times as much as the weight difference in question. And of course, a day pack and a day's supply of water would make up the difference too, yet that's normally not thought of as enough load to significantly alter the handling of the boat.
On the other hand, a heavier boat has more inertia, which in my experience has never been a good thing. For example, my Supernova spins far better than my other two canoes, but the effort I need to put into any quick change in heading is a lot more than I'd like it to be, on account of all the extra "swing weight".
Recreational Kayak Paddle
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