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Solo


Solo paddlers relish the solitude of being alone on the water. Independent of a part- ner, these paddlers appreciate the graceful beauty of moving a well-balanced canoe across ripple free water or down raging sets of rapids. Most of these paddlers were bit- ten by the solo bug while paddling tandem boats but have come to love the freedom a specially designed solo canoe offers.


Solo paddlers relish the solitude of being alone on the water.


It is possible to sit on the bow seat facing


backward in many tandem canoes, but true solo paddlers are looking for more light- weight and manoeuvrable canoes. Design features of solo boats, no matter their pur- pose, include shorter lengths and narrower beams.They are not,however, simply scaled down tandem boats. The design includes the weight and balance differences pad- dling solo creates. More central seat place- ment,shallower sides and a narrow beam at the paddle station are incorporated to give the paddler greater control. The overall reduction in size reduces the weight and increases the manoeuvrability. After that, a solo paddler’s choice of boat depends great- ly on where and how she intends to pad- dle—style paddling, recreational, perform- ance,lakewater tripping and whitewater are all possibilities for a solo experience. Paddling solo is a choice and one that doesn’t necessarily make financial sense. The price of a solo isn’t half a tandem, nor should it be. All the materials and crafts- manship of a tandem are incorporated into a solo canoe. Solo paddlers have all the same outfitting options as in tandem canoes and the style is linked to the solo activity of choice.


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