I just refurbished a beat up Mad River Courier. When I took it out, it didn't seem to like my bent paddle with a wide blade, and seemed to move more responsively to quick, less powerful strokes. Sweep strokes move it well, but draws weren't as effective. Also, the stern end seemed to catch in the current and wind. So two questions:
Any recommendations on paddle? I'm figuring a straight shaft - but should I go with a narrow beavertail type?
Also can I move the seat back a couple of inches? It is currently at the normal 1 inch behind center position. It "felt" like I would have more exact control if my stroke went a little further aft.
I'm not planning on using this boat in extreme conditions, I just don't want to bounce my kevlar Bell off the rocks in Michigan's rivers.