I'm assuming rpg51 was talking about an empty canoe, other than the paddler. Anyway, I think it's best to assume that for consistency of discussion.
Obviously tripping loads can change the handling characteristics, but a high percentage of canoeing is simply day trips in an a hull empty of anything other than paddler and a day pack.
It makes sense to me that a lighter canoe will get blown around more, and wind is one of the biggest banes of the solo, single-blading canoeist.
Mike Galt used to argue that a canoe needed a certain weight to have proper "glide". I was never sure whether he believed that or whether it was just part of a sales pitch.
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