I was an avid canoe paddler as a young man, but after several decades, I have come back. I bought a Wenonah Aurora ultralight 16 foot tandem. I want to be able to solo as well as paddle with a friend. I am having trouble getting the canoe to ride smoothly and be easy to paddle solo. I tried sitting (kneeling) at the bow seat with a 5 gallon jug of water in the stern. I found it difficult to row in a straight line. I am sure a large part is my lack of experience, but could there be a better configuration? I even thought of a stadium seat just in front of the yoke and sitting low. Any suggestions? Thanks!