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Paddled my nomad this weekend for the first time after moving the seat forward about 3/4" - 1" and i gotta say it made ALL the difference in the world! last year i was really torn on the nomad, felt the stern was squirlly (i still blame that for my swim on the meadow!) and felt it turned relly slow. moved the seat forward and HOLY S#&t - it's like paddling a new boat all together. it boof's super easy, turns on a dime, fast as hell down river, and is very stable. i've sent some pics of the process to a few people. we will get them posted somewhere on the web and let you know where/when, but i just wanted to pass this on...

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The first thing I did was chop the back of the seat off so I could fit in some kit and get my peli case in & move the seat, I've moved mine about an inch forward. It makes all the difference in performance. I agree with all that you have said.

I'd love to see the fotos. Any chance you could email them to me?? [email protected]
 

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Squirly? I been paddling it since last may and cant say it is really squirly. You think I should try moving the seat forward just for the sake it might paddle better? Also how much of did you cut off. Ive been thinking of using a heat gun and pounding it down for more room. Also I cut the stern foam so it is even with the cockpit rim.
 

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"Squirly" would not have been my first choice of word. With the seat in the factory position I found the boat stern heavy & got back looped a few times, difficult to boof and slow to turn. I moved the seat forward in order to get a neutral trim while I'm in a normal paddling position. I found that with the seat in the factory position, shifting my weight forward made litle or no differance. With the seat moved forward about an inch has made a world of difference. I find it much easier to boof & turn and with the stern out of the water more much easier to keep on line.

I chopped LOADS of the seat off, everything from the clip in loops back. I have a peli 1400 for my camera and it is the only way I could get it in. It's still a chore to get in and out.

I've trimmed the rear central pillar to make room for the peli case, first aid kit, etc. Put padding under the seat as Dagger had not put enough in. Put some foam on the seat to raise my centre of gravity and put a good chunk of closed cell foam on the bulk head to provide some cushioning.

You think I should try moving the seat forward just for the sake it might paddle better?
Impossible for me to say. If it aint broke, don't fix it.
I'm 5'10", 65Kgs & size 9 dogs, if that is of any help to you.
 
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