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    Yes, nice video, like the drawings. But with the...

    Yes, nice video, like the drawings.
    But with the relation between heeling and stability
    you did not explicitly mention the difference between
    a so called boat lean (canoe A) and body lean (canoe...
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    Definitely a Royalex version in this picture. ...

    Definitely a Royalex version in this picture.

    But did you weigh it without the airbags, ropes and kneeling thwart?
    Because they will add some weight too.

    Dirk Barends
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    No, they have been available in a FRP layup too...

    No, they have been available in a FRP layup too for some time
    but not in the Netherlands, and possibly the UK too?

    ADDIT:
    turns out to be a very long time ago as a R16 and R17 Composite model:...
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    The 174 is only quicker for tandem paddlers if...

    The 174 is only quicker for tandem paddlers if they paddle hard enough ;)
    For solo paddlers it will be just more (hard) work paddling, especially with some wind forces.

    In general small tandems...
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    The general idea is to trim your boat with an...

    The general idea is to trim your boat with an even keel when there is no wind; trim your boat stern heavy when there is wind coming from a direction more or less behind you; and trim your boat bow...
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    If you live in Canada, you are in luck because...

    If you live in Canada, you are in luck
    because these kind of canoes are relatively easy available there,
    even second hand:
    personally I would recommend a Swift Raven solo canoe then if you are so...
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    I think many people in Europe prefer PE and...

    I think many people in Europe prefer PE and Royalex/T-Formex for touring canoes because those kind of canoes are easily available for a substantial lower price then Fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP)...
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    So it seems, also looking at the specs. Also a...

    So it seems, also looking at the specs.

    Also a Mega Outlander 16 is probably smaller than a Northstar Northwind 16,
    so that should be taken in account too, aside from the fact that it performs...
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    Easy to get confused, as Northstar seems to use a...

    Easy to get confused, as Northstar seems to use a Kevlar cloth with a black weave in it for some reasons, which looks like a carbon/kevlar cloth but in fact is all Kevlar.
    Personally I would choose...
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    Actually Downcreek says "eye level": which is...

    Actually Downcreek says "eye level":

    which is somewhat higher: 29" in your case?
    (I am 6ft and get a 33" shaft length using this measurement, which would suit me very well.)



    The distance...
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    You are puzzled because you take this "dry"...

    You are puzzled because you take this "dry" paddle length measurement too literally, while it is just meant as way to get you the right paddle length without actually having to paddle with it. I...
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    I doubt it. And I wouldn't want to use it for...

    I doubt it. And I wouldn't want to use it for selecting the right paddle length.
    But as a method to get a reasonable hand spacing on the paddle it (accidentally?) works quite well, in my experience....
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    Both views are romantic: paddling can be an art,...

    Both views are romantic:
    paddling can be an art, but most of the time it is just hard work as well ;)

    As for the science, there is just not enough data available to really be scientific with...
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    That explains it, because I have the one from...

    That explains it, because I have the one from 1984, when Bill Mason was still alive...

    Dirk Barends
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    Whick book of Bill Mason may that be? In his...

    Whick book of Bill Mason may that be?
    In his first book, "Path of the Paddle" he wrote:
    "[...] The upper hand drives out from the shoulder [while doing a forward stroke] and rises no higher than...
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    as already said: So it is probably better...

    as already said:


    So it is probably better to ask yourself why:


    Dirk Barends
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    Given your body length, I would say try 34" as...

    Given your body length, I would say try 34" as that would be long enough in my vision,
    and it you do not like it, also try something shorter...

    I admit to advise paddle length a bit towards the...
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    I am 6' (184 cm) and use paddles with a shaft...

    I am 6' (184 cm) and use paddles with a shaft length between 33" - 34".
    Only you can tell (feel) which length works best for you in your usual paddle position.
    Luckily there is some leeway with...
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    I regularly focus on the push (downwards) for say...

    I regularly focus on the push (downwards) for say 10 minutes just to prevent that I'm getting sloppy with it.

    Dirk Barends
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    :D Yes, that worked quite well for Royalex at...

    :D

    Yes, that worked quite well for Royalex at the time, I suppose
    but I am afraid the price will be too high,
    as it didn't work out as well for the sales of the so called Tuff Stuff FRP...
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    AFAIK using PU instead of gelcoat has been tried...

    AFAIK using PU instead of gelcoat has been tried on FRP boats and is indeed superior
    but costs too much money, resulting in an higher price
    so that it would be even harder to sell...

    Dirk Barends
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    It's OK with me, but as far as I know a paddle...

    It's OK with me, but as far as I know a paddle does not function as a simple lever but as a couple?
    But it is out of my league to go into that.

    Dirk Barends
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    Yes I always wonder whether one uses a wide hand...

    Yes I always wonder whether one uses a wide hand spacing because of using a long paddle,
    or does one use a long paddle because one favors a wide hand spacing because of a paddling style involving...
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    Good to clear that up, because I didn't read it...

    Good to clear that up,
    because I didn't read it that way because of the space between the paragraphs.
    Now it makes sense.

    Dirk Barends
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    A wider hand spacing makes your stroke shorter,...

    A wider hand spacing makes your stroke shorter,
    unless you adapt with a different paddling style
    involving more body rotation/movement
    which is effective but more tiring for touring paddling long...
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