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Old 03-10-2013   #1
 
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Passenger or no passenger

Hey Everyone, I'm going to float the Grand next month for the second time, and my husband and I are considering taking two boats this time, one for each of us. We just acquired our second boat, we both love to row and are drooling at the thought that we will get to row every rapid. My question for the veterans out there is this: is there any advantage/disadvantage that you have experienced to having/not having a passenger on your boat on the Grand?

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For me, camp time is plenty of social time.

On the boat is solo time.
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Row it all if you can. Then enjoy your time together on land.
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Row your own boats. That way you can give each other a smooch after each tough rapid you ace!
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You will need to move some of the weight forward to compensate for the passenger.
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Row your own boats. You can always tie up and float together if you need to "reconnect".
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Row all the river yourself, both of you. For a rower, being a passenger could be especially boring. It's very easy to socialize even when everyone has their own boat.
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I am loving these answers. I've always loved rowing by myself, but was unsure about the Grand, given it will be 280 miles total. I guess my biggest concern was the lack of weight in front and lack of hands if something goes down. I suppose I could just replace my husband with a cooler full of beer
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I had two passengers when I went down, I was plenty happy to pawn them off to the IKs for a while. I was also pretty happy to let them take the flat water and row some of the easier rapids while I slept on the back deck. The thought of rowing the whole river in my own boat sounds like a dream.
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I am a women private boater and I have rowed the GC a few times. I really like forward weight, you can load your boat with front weight..... but having a passenger who is willing to take on a wave can save a boat from a flip. If you are running a big 18 footer this is probably not an issue but if you are rowing a 14-15 footer it makes a difference. My other comment is yeah it is fun to run rapids, but what about the miles and miles of flat water? It is really nice to share the rowing with someone on those headwind days. If you are in your 20s and in great shape this is less of an issue. I don't like rowing the grand without a passenger who is willing to help with the rowing. I don't know when you are going but in 110-115 degree heat in flat water it takes a toll. Good luck whatever you chose, be in great shape if you are rowing it alone.
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