boat porn warning.
2 hour paddle with Stevo this morning on Boerne City Lake. We paddled a bit, christened the boat, swapped for just a few seconds, and paddled some more.
Holy cow, the initial stability is spooky. Secondary stability comes on, but reach across waves is pucker time. Pretty big wind and waves this morning , much bigger wind than the 9 kt predicted on the ground. Up here, it was more like 16 kt.
You feel really stable going upwind, fight just a little windcock going down, and swing like a pendulum on the waves reaching across the wind.
When it feels like too much, a flat paddle blade on the surface stabilizes you.
Stevo took her out, turned back in quickly - he was not happy with the waves, and his CG is higher than mine - all my height is in my legs.
His first boat was a Kahuna, so he's very familiar with low primary stability.
Even the tall seat on the Revo is similar until you get going.
Gratuitous boat photos on a nice beach.
The boat is not noticeably faster than my T160 (it is noticeably lighter and much more tippy), except that it was much easier for me to keep up with his Revo 16 in Mirage Go.
Where the boat feels like a rocket is going upwind, where you're not afraid to dig hard.
From the beach, handed my camera to Steve, and he shot a few frames of me when we went back out.
Overall, it's a lot of core muscle work to keep yourself up. You have to press your thighs against the gunwhales at just about all times. When you're reaching through wave troughs and they rock you to distraction, that flat paddle blade on the surface helps you regain your orientation.
I never felt I was close to turtleing, but turning around to grab from the well is out of the question.
For my use of taxi to wadefishing with a single rigged rod, and more gear staged behind to access when I get out of the boat, it will work just fine.
I also didn't get brave enough to use the thigh straps, or lean to turn hard. Looking forward to more time - it's great exercise and fun to paddle.