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Where to sit?

Discussion in 'Canoe Sailing' started by Blott, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. Blott

    Blott LOVES Wooden Canoes

    OK, I have finished my Peterborough Cedar Rib and have the sail kit for her. I took her out for our maiden sail on a wide section of the Great Ouse near home so that we could get acquainted with each other. The canoe came with a slatted seat which I propped up against the centre thwart (which in fact is just back from the centre). This made me slightly bow heavy as you can see from the photos; part of this is down to my mass. I am off on a canoe sailing weekend soon and need to add some flotation as we will be out on a large expanse of water in the Norfolk Broads and I need something just in case. I have long pillow air bags which I will strap along the sides and beneath the front and centre thwart but this leaves little room for me between them.

    Should I be kneeling behind the centre thwart? I expect it will be trial and error.




  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The short answer is 'it depends' while trial and error will provide the longer answer. The key to sailing a canoe (or any other small boat) is typically described as 'movable ballast' which is you so try different things out and see what works best. Have fun,


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