Open canoe is a wonderful whitewater craft. It makes you look at water differently. picking dry lines and using the water to your advantage is the way of the OC. A must use skill is getting the boat to heel or veer toward your blade so you are constantly traveling in an arc or circle as you descend the river. This is the best way to have any power and is actually a skill/feel that you can gain in your kayak.
get you boat moving and make it start turning toward one side. tilt the boat and paddle. in a canoe some strokes fine points with this will be a slight bow draw, put the blade under the boat, and paddle mainly in front of you body.
Off side strokes feel great and you can work the same veer on the off side. The big thing is that to get any real power you need to be pushing a gainst that veer. The old j stroke and keep the boat going straight is fine but slow and requires that you have some speed. Once you get use to the veer thing you can initiate them quickly with a bow or crss draw and then start working the stroke on the inside of the veer.
I am not familiar with those boats. i paddle a old Dagger Caption. Bell is doing several of their boats so they may be doing a version of that as well. It is a good boat. Once you get under 15 feet Weight placement is a big issue. It took me three tries to get the seat placement right in my caption. Farther back is better on the whole. Also I have mine as a tandem, solo crossover which is all I want but set up the boat weight wise for tandem and then deal with it solo. It is easier to compesate when there is only one person then two.
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