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Old 02-18-2016, 02:18 AM   #1
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Racing tandem for touring/camping?

Just bought a used 18.5' racing canoe (Kevlar V1 pro tandem) in hopes of participating for the 4th time in the 90-Miler this year. Haven't been able to get it into the water yet, but was wondering if it's suitable for back-country tripping, since my other canoes are solo boats. I'll find out sometime in April, I think.
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Old 02-18-2016, 07:38 AM   #2
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That should be an easy tandem to portage. Let us know how you like it for overnight touring! - K
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Old 02-18-2016, 08:03 AM   #3
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Congratulations on the new V1....
If you and your partner are comfortable paddling it, and plan to portage it on backcountry trails, then why not? But if you head off trail at all, you will find its length makes it very difficult and frustrating to wind between randomly positioned trees as you attempt to carry in anything like a straight line.
You'll enjoy the boat. I'll see you at the 90 (paddling my 20th 90 this year).
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Old 02-18-2016, 09:35 AM   #4
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MDB and I tripped for years in a wood strip USCA competition cruiser and it was fine on most water
The tendency to slice through waves made for a wet ride with big rollers but otherwise was great
Plenty of room for gear too
Enjoy the boat

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Old 02-20-2016, 12:37 AM   #5
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All right, thanks. We're looking forward to our first launch when things warm up in Buffalo. At around 32 lbs., it weighs the same as my ultralight solo Wilderness 15'4" canoe.
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Old 02-21-2016, 01:20 PM   #6
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Pro boats , while a little narrower, make better trippers than Cruisers due to flare amidships. With zero rocker the paddler's need to focus on course keeping as it will handle like the race hull it is.
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The other thing you may find is that fitting in packs will be more difficult than a normal tripping canoe due to the tumblehome. That said, as long as you feel comfortable paddling it, go for it. You might find yourself avoiding rougher conditions, but in milder conditions the speed will more than compensate. As for being unwieldy on portages, unless you are going to some pretty remote areas, I think this is a non issue. I have a 17'6" solo and its no big deal. And since race boats are so light, they are easier to manuever.
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Old 02-25-2016, 02:05 AM   #8
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Thanks, I'll probably give it a shot. My solo canoes have a fair amount of tumble-home, and it's never a problem. I carry only 1 backpack on solo trips, and it easily fits in the Wenonah solo canoe. The tandem has good beam and plenty of length, given that it's 3 feet longer than my solo.
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