Schutzie thinks you are just being silly now.
I never said "only use a pull stroke"
I said, "if you're pushing more than pulling you're doing it wrong".
In reference to a pig boat, I'd love someone to tell me I'm wrong.
In fact, I'd love to see the pig boat guide that was successful at pushing his rig much at all.
Maybe our problem is what we define as Pig boat........
"17 foot Maravia with four dry boxes usually with kitchen, large cooler and 70 lbs of camera gear in addition to my personal bar which fills one side box and a boom box with extra 12 volt battery"
Does not qualify in my book as a pig boat. Lightly loaded touring rig maybe, but not a pig boat.
But regardless, I learned, and still maintain, that a pull stroke is more powerful and in most cases, more useful than a push stroke.
This is not to say a push is to be avoided always. A push stroke has it's place. It's not as powerful, so it takes more to accomplish something but still has a place.
Now, shall we move onto your problem with my "blanket statement"
You are not more powerful than the river. Ever.
Or, shall we continue this increasingly useless discussion?