Notes on "Big Boat" Control
By Bruce Coddington
Big boat paddling: More and more people are doing it over the years, so much fun. Though still challenging, they're pretty stable even in the wind and large waves. Positioning by weight and ability you will get your balance and desirable trim. Next keep the cadence up, stay in sink, paddle hard and stay ahead of any swinging, that is so hard to bring back. With bow draws and stern sweeps, when needed, and sometimes with the help of the second bow and stern paddlers, rather than posts and rudders you can keep your speed and better control for your power stroke as a team. If you can skirt outside of the largest waves and at the same time avoid the worst winds, you'll be the quicker team when you hit the flat water. Paddle on!