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PostPosted: February 8th, 2015, 9:22 am 
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Location: on the edge of the big blue
PaddleheadPete wrote:
I rigged a 16'6'' Evergreen Starburst for solo. (same hull as the Nova Craft Moisie)
It's big but it handles beautifully. Weathervaning is a problem but a few rocks in the bow usually solve it.
I raised the existing seats and the air bags come under them. I put a new seat a couple feet back from the yoke. There's a huge cargo area forward of the yoke and space behind the seat for a bit more.
The huge amounts of air means I can literally climb in and out of it in class III wave trains. The big volume means I stay dry running the IIIs with hundreds of pounds of gear if I want.

I'm getting an Ocoee this year for solo play. I could still load some gear in it for a weekend trip too.

do you have any photos of your setup?

Time's but a golden wind that shakes the grass...

PostPosted: March 1st, 2015, 7:58 am 

Joined: November 12th, 2014, 4:49 pm
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I have bought and sold several solos over the years. The ones still in my fleet are:

Whitesell Pyranah
Dagger Redlie C1
Wenonah Advantage
Bell Magic
Hemlock Kestral
Blackhawk Proem 85
Lotus Caper

The boat I most regret selling was my Dagger Ocoee.... Super fun boat!

Going to have to down size soon. I am getting close to retirement and won't have the room to store all of these as well as four tandems!

PostPosted: March 1st, 2015, 8:50 am 

Joined: April 27th, 2007, 10:54 am
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Location: Montreal, QC
Just gonna put this out there...if you're close-ish to Montreal and want to downsize a whitewater tandem, I know a young guy who is nowhere near retirement, and has space to slowly build a fleet :p

PostPosted: July 11th, 2019, 9:53 am 

Joined: March 21st, 2013, 11:30 am
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Location: Minden, NV USA
I have paddled many larger canoes solo over the years, but now I have one close to being a solo boat. It is an OT Candienne, the short one that is 15;10". It is a kevlar boat that weighs 51 pounds. The beam is 32 inches with very sheer entry lines. I will be paddling it from the bow seat.

PostPosted: July 11th, 2019, 10:33 am 

Joined: May 24th, 2014, 8:13 am
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I have a Mad River Freedom Solo, a Pocket Canyon and, as well, I have soloed my Appalachian more than once...

The Solo is a great lil boat... which I may be selling at some point if people are interested... The one downside, as others have mentioned in the past, is it can sometimes bite waves, taking on water, so you have to plan R3 runs with a bit more care... the flip side is its nimble has hell....

I just bought a Pocket Canyon and taking it out for its maiden voyage... hitting the Spanish River next week with some friends...

PostPosted: July 11th, 2019, 11:41 am 
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Joined: August 8th, 2016, 10:37 am
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Location: Northern Alberta
I'm thinking I might be the exception to the rule here 'cause i'm not a huge fan of completely setup solo boats. They restrict the kind of canoeing I like to do which is multi day tripping.
I was lent a 15' kevlar Clipper prospector that had been meticulously set up by the owner with kneeling thwart, knee and thigh pad, thigh straps and air bags. It was the twitchiest boast i had ever paddled! (Owner called it "responsive"; I had another word for it...) -Within 15 paddle strokes of shore I had dumped!

My go to solo boat is a 15' Chestnut Bobs Special- perfect combination of responsive, maneuverable hull with gorgeous cedar planking and ribs to admire all day long. That said, I probably spend more time soloing my Chestnut Pal, from the bow seat facing aft just because its closer to hand. Soloing an empty 16' Chestnut Prospector in the wind is a chore- ask me how I know...


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