So, tried a R1 in an unweighted canoe the other weekend (took all the stuff out and moved it to the other end of the portage). The canoe was immediately noticeable as rocky.
Anyway, we did the R1 and I'm embarrassed to say that we hit a rock at an angle and depsite leaning into it somehow managManaged to drag the canoe full of water to the bank and reload it - glad it was a hot day!
Is it better to keep the canoes weighted for rapids to keep stability? Obviously, it's a balance between dunking your equipment and not.
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Posted by: pblanc on Jul-23-13 5:42 PM (EST)
Unless it is a straight shot rapid in which absolutely no maneuvering is required you are always better off running unloaded. Weight in the boat reduces freeboard (which increases wetness) and increases the momentum and inertia of the boat making it sluggish to maneuver and difficult to get into eddies.
Posted by: ppine on Jul-24-13 2:22 PM (EST)
I agree with pblanc. People forget that dunnage lowers your center of gravity. Kneel and lower your center of gravity and you will have any easier time unloaded.
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Posted by: deuce on Jul-24-13 3:15 PM (EST)
Gonzo, do you have any idea why |
Posted by: g2d on Aug-01-13 2:47 PM (EST)
pnet has several different forums?
One advantage of unloading is |
Posted by: rpg51 on Aug-16-13 9:17 AM (EST)
that your gear stays dry. My recommendation is to practice and learn to paddle in white water in an empty boat - after you develop skill and confidence you will recognize the situations where it might be a good idea to portage gear and run empty - or just portage the canoes as well.
Posted by: TommyC1 on Sep-22-13 1:30 PM (EST)
If I think I might dump I'll portage the gear. Or I'll portage everything.
Yeah, but one has to have a plan for |
Posted by: g2d on Sep-22-13 3:31 PM (EST)
getting water out of the boat after reaching the bottom of the rapid.
canoe size/hull-design will have a lot |
Posted by: bigspencer on Dec-05-13 9:09 AM (EST)
to do with ability to travel thru tougher sections. Main thing, if portaging gear & running section in boat, is to leave gear where you can find it!!..lol...by memory, GPS, whatever! Sounds funny but my first time doing that up in Labrador(60s) became a long & nervous afternoon until I found gear..tent..etc, just before nightfall..