Boundary Waters Quetico Forum
Trip Report - 1997 Trip Report. The wind did blow on Quetico . . .
Interesting trip, Goose. Sounds like a pretty good one, but could have had a nicer ending. I've fought the wind a lot in solo canoes. Do you think your problems with it were more related to design or you just didn't get it well trimmed.
Boonie, I don't know about the design being a problem other than it seemed very short to me. I have paddled "backwards" solo in both an old aluminum 17-footer and a Mad River Malachite and had better results than in the Osprey. One factor, I'm sure, was that I probably weighed about 155# at the time and was packed pretty light. (Wenonah Prism is the best solo I've tried.) --Goose
Soloing is sweet, but a good partner is "priceless."
Thanks, Goose. I was curious because I go in Sept, often solo, and the wind is always a factor, sometimes a big one. I wasn't familiar with that canoe, but I looked up the specs on it and they were very similar to the Bell Magic I rented last fall. I liked it a lot better than others I've rented before, but didn't have quite as much wind as some other times. A foot shorter, a little wider, a bit more more stern rocker, a little higher bow, a little different shape than the Magic, but seem very similar and about the same volume. I weigh about 150# and don't take a real heavy load, so I was looking for a lower volume canoe with a little less presented to the wind to get pushed around. One thing that I think helped trim it last fall was using two packs and sometimes putting the heavier one in the front.