That’s a fair question… the dog went because the dog typically goes everywhere with me. We have spent quite a bit of time in a 17’ OT Rangeley, where I can even stand to fly fish. I clearly didn’t appreciate the difference between the boat types.
I initially sat in the bow seat with stern forward. I dropped down to my knees when it seemed to be a little unsteady. I appreciate your points, and get that the boat will work solo with me in a better position.
It sounds like you feel like the express and explorer are similar enough that there would not be any appreciable difference in stability?
Nope… It is all in your head… And that isn’t a cheap shot! Whenever you switch boats there is a period of head adjustment… Keep the boat and keep putting on the water time… Soon enough you will be comfortable.
After being in a tandem on a long canoe trip of a couple of weeks I feel like I am going in the drink in my 13 foot solo canoe ( which is 26 inches wide). After ten minutes everything is better