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  Light boat handling
  Posted by: roundsidedown1 on Mar-07-14 8:08 PM (EST)

I mostly paddle light weight canoes(Classic XL(21lbs), JD Pro(25), Susquehanna(28), Amateur racer(28)) in flat water. The trim of the boat greatly affects the handling. All my boats have sliding seats( center(solos) and Bow and Stern(Tandems). Depending on the wind, I change seat position. I have raced and toured with my children(80-100lbs difference) and need to trim very carefully when fighting a head, quartering and tailwinds. When my kids paddle together or solo my canoes, they maybe have a 2" draft. They handle the canoes great because they know how to trim the canoes.

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