Originally Posted by Oc1paddler
I don't get it? Its a good skill to have when your partner falls out but...............Why wouldn't you row if you were by yourself? You can't punch holes, You can't paddle flat stretches with a big head wind. Why do it?
Says the open canoeist.
I used to get the same type of response back home when I'd show up at putins with my cat. Not many people row in the mid Atlantic and as such are clueless about that form of boating. Curtis and I were questioned many times on the upper yough by people that thought they knew what they were talking about.
In flat water a solo shredder is faster than a cat...I know it's mind boggling but it's a fact. Even in a head wind, because in a cat you sit up so high, a shredder is faster. As far as punching holes...who the hell need to? You're in an empty raft, you can high side like a spider monkey. Surfing r1 is the best part of the experience. And honestly if it's not a 14' boat eating monster hole you won't have any issues. Big holes are collisions, the less mass the less inertia means you don't hit things as hard. The boat wants to go up instead of in.