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1914 Charles River solo paddle

Discussion in 'Open Forum' started by Aravenguide, Aug 7, 2020.

  1. Aravenguide

    Aravenguide Maine Guide

    Hey folks,
    Been out in the CR and tend to paddle solo. However this canoe does not lend itself to be too stable sitting in the rear seat alone. I would sit in the front facing back but there is a thwart directly behind the front seat and and inch higher. I have added a center carry thwarting the center.

    Question is...

    What can I do to use this canoe solo?

    Can I lower the thwart to seat height?
    Remove the thwart as I installed the carry?
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

  3. OP

    Aravenguide Maine Guide

    Thanks Benson, but the CR has closed gunnels so that won't work in my case unfortunately.
  4. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    Either lower the bow thwart, or raise the bow seat? Just throwing ideas out...
  5. Craig Johnson

    Craig Johnson LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Kneel and lean against the bow thwart.
  6. Rob Stevens

    Rob Stevens Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    Straddle a stuffed dry bag and kneel wherever is optimum.
    You can also put down a pad to cushion the knees.
  7. Dan Lindberg

    Dan Lindberg Ex Wood Hoarder

    I think we need pics.
    And as a guy who doesn't (can't for more than a few minutes) kneel,
    I'd opt for a lower seat mounted at a location about 1/3 from either end (your choice).
  8. mccloud

    mccloud "Tiger Rag" back on the tidal Potomac

    In the attached photos you will see the 'outwale adapter blocks' I fashioned from oak scrap so that an Azland Traditions Sling Seat could be used. The photo shows a longitudinal strip Canadian built canoe with the wide, U-shaped outwales, but I use the same adapters with a 1912 Old Town closed gunwale canoe. The inside faces of the blocks, green in the photo, is felt glued in so that scratching of the gunwales does not occur. Be mindful that you are pulling the gunwales inward, potentially a problem, if there is not width stabilization nearby as will be provided by a thwart or
    STH72558 resize.jpg seat frame. TM.. STH72560 resize.jpg
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