Thanks for all the input! I am moving the seat on the 119 this weekend to the center, for better balance. As to sitting vs kneeling: kneeling is not something I ever did paddling, but will at least give it a try, see how it feels, once I move the seat. As to paddle styles: the Sugar Island blade seems to be the best choice currently for what I intend to do with it. And, they appear pretty common, so I can pick one up this week (there is a Rendezvous store near me, which sells more traditional gear-black powder, primitive archery, canvas goods, as well as canoe equipment), and they will not break the bank. Which, at this stage, works for me. A couple years down the road, I will upgrade the boat, and go from there-but, for now, I want to get out on the water, and learn how to paddle PROPERLY-whereas my skill level currently is about......zero.