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PostPosted: August 24th, 2009, 8:08 am 
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It sounds like I just got off the mountain...

But thanks to Pawistik and friends I had the chance to paddle a Wenonah Argosy on the Montreal River in Saskatchewan. It was only a class 1+ run but good enough for a virgin.

Somethings were different compared to a tandem.

You have to be gentle with the corrective stokes to maintain your line
The power you can put into your manoeuvring strokes give you immediate effect and satisfaction
You can go places you wouldn't go with a tandem, tight spots, shallow sections and smaller eddys
After awhile I pulled the brim of my hat down and tried it with a limited view of about 15 feet in front of the boat
You can make the required move even after the last second!
It's a thrill to miss that rock by an inch and watch the swirl/keeper go by in your macro view

Now I need some advice about what kind of solo/tripper I should be looking for.
And I'll probably need two!

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PostPosted: August 25th, 2009, 12:06 pm 
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The comments you made about solo canoeing are exactly why I usually always paddle in my own solo boat now. Actually the group I paddle with all paddle their boats solo now too...it's just so much more fun for the exact reasons you pointed out.

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PostPosted: August 26th, 2009, 12:32 pm 
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I pointed out this post to Wes who paddled with us last week and who is the owner of the aforementioned canoe. He is not a CCR member, but he should be, based on both wit and paddling knowledge. He had this to say:
Wes wrote:
Let him know the boat was a Wenonah "Rendesvous".
15'8"...and he should offer a huge amount for it because it moved him so.

Wes


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PostPosted: August 26th, 2009, 2:27 pm 
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15'8"??
That's too loong (to nest inside our Appalachian.)
Ask Wes (be kind now) if he has anything shorter...

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PostPosted: August 26th, 2009, 9:46 pm 
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Loaded or unloaded?

I think Gerald Guay has an Argosy, maybe he could add something.

I paddle a Supernova solo, and find it's a pretty sensitive boat unloaded. Still nimble enough fully loaded though. It's 14'10" long.

Sluggish on flatwater, but waddya do?


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PostPosted: August 27th, 2009, 12:57 am 
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An inch? Tighten it up Craig, you should be nicking those rocks and other features where you want your boat to go! :wink:

Good for you! You must've been happy to get into a canoe back in Sask, glad to hear it. Keep it up!

You guys must be building quite a fleet by now.

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PostPosted: August 27th, 2009, 7:34 am 
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An inch? Tighten it up Craig, you should be nicking those rocks and other features where you want your boat to go! :wink:

Good for you! You must've been happy to get into a canoe back in Sask, glad to hear it. Keep it up!

You guys must be building quite a fleet by now.

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I caught a few rocks on the edge of the boat when I made the move just after the nick of time (don't tell Wes).
If I'm still in Saskatoon next summer, I'll be waiting for an invite to try a weekend on one of your cccold BC rivers. :wink:

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PostPosted: August 30th, 2009, 2:00 pm 
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Craig,

Sask isn't exactly next door, but it would great to find an opportunity, in whatever province, to paddle together again!

You might want to inject some energy into this thread and see if it'll you with your boat options:

viewtopic.php?f=20&t=33931

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Now, doesn't he look good in that canoe?

The photo is courtesy of the aforementioned Wes.

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