What works best for us in a canoe for clipping along on a lake in perfect conditions is not necessarily what we want if we're into the enthusiast end of "Trad" canoeing!
A simple 2.5 square metre sail set well forward might push us into waves way harder than any paddling effort will manage - and if that’s our thing, we’d better think what it means!
What matters when we build a raft from our canoes and stick up a big rig for powering downwind in a stiff breeze? Certainly not efficiency or finesse - or weight, or stability, or even manouvrability. For downwind rafted sailing we might want a canoe which can handle big forces and big waves and which is easy to bail - so perhaps a highline white water canoe!
Open water considerations also put extreme pressure on our solo-vs-tandem compromises, especially where we’re going to be covering any distance in wind and waves. We really don’t want to be overloaded (and few “trad” canoes do well when loaded beyond the 5” waterline) but we also want the hull engaged (minimum: 2” waterline) and we know underladen canoes can be a pig in a breeze!
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