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Old 01-19-2009   #1
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Pack the Load in the Front for overnighters?

I need some help. I am paddling a Nomad 8.1 and have the seat as far forward as it goes… so far forward, I have to drill my own hole for the bolt. If I load the back of my boat at all, it is back heavy. I was wondering if anyone had any systems or ideas for easy removal of the bulkhead in order to pack some of my gear in the front of the boat.
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Old 01-19-2009   #2
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Just undo the bulkhead and bring it as far back as posssible, take the foam off of it and just shove crap up there. But it is kinda a bitch to pack/repack everyday, so maybe if you do a hike in just put the backpack up there. And to help with the back heavyness, back the heavier things closer to the seat, and also don't lean back when you paddle like christian.

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Old 01-19-2009   #3
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not bad advice from tom. unless u have a pyranha, packing stuff in front of the bulkhead is not really worth the effort. always pack the heaviest stuff and as much as you can right behind your seat. i've also seen people get creative with packing stuff between their legs and attached to the middle of the bulkhead. be careful with that though and make sure u can still exit easily.

and then also as tom hinted at, if you pack well in the stern it shouldn't really effect your paddling that much. i know many many great paddlers who've paddled the hardest multi-days on the planet who've never put anything up front. practice paddling your fav. difficult day run with a fully packed boat and you will get the hang of it. stay forward, follow through on all your strokes and let the boat carry its weight in the direction you want to go. i.e point it and drive it. i've found a fully loaded boat is more of a mental obstacle than a physical one.
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