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  Not always easy to carry either...
  Posted by: PJC on Mar-06-14 8:41 PM (EST)

I have an 18.5' kevlar fast tripper (Bell Mystic) and I love it on the water. I does accelerate faster than a heavier boat and cruises nicely on large lakes and big rivers, though heavier boats can do that also. (Get a freight train rolling and it wants to keep rolling. Its the "stop & go" that can wear you down.)

Got it because I was anticipating repeating a trip with a lot of portages that I'd done with a Grumman when I was 20. In my mid 50s, I didn't think I was would be able to portage like I did as a kid. And I recall it WAS work then... I wanted to take it a little easier if possible.

The surprise came when I tried to carry it in a wind. Cinch to lift and load on the car. (Though, as mentioned previously, its wise to get at least one strap on it fast. It can blow off the racks if you dawdle too much on a windy day.) But if you tried to carry it in a strong crosswind it would try to wrench your head off your shoulders. On a windy day I'm not sure a heavier boat really is harder to carry. Its more bull work, for sure, but it isn't as tricky. If I have to carry any distance across sandbars on a windy day, for example, it works best to face the wind and carry it quartering "crabwise" to my destination. While this is going on I occasionally have thoughts about whether I REALLY want to go to that destination anyhow. Usually I have to admit I need to.

It makes a person feel like a weather vane afflicted with a sense of will.

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