Supernova question

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Ravenwolf

I got your PM about the SN in RX. For while I'm out beyond internet and phone signal. Get to town once a week. So I'm slow.
I tried to PM you back, but for some reason it did not go. I've got to leave. I'll try again next week.

For now: the SN is RX is a very good boat, and it's both athletic and reasonable. It's my daily driver.
 
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Acer, thanks for your response. I value trip, to town once a week, comment .Sounds like a great life style. Ravenwolf.
 
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Hi RW,

There's a good discussion of SNs in RX, with videos, at www.songofthepaddle.co.uk. Look for the Paddles and Canoes Reviews in the FORUMS section. Click "Nova Craft" and then scroll down until you find "Supernova".

It's hard for me to add anything to what is said there. But. I live where there are lots of rivers and creeks, almost all of them steep, and more often than not they are turbulent. The SN in RX is good: it accelerates well, cruises the flats easily at a pretty nice rate, especially considering its length; is agile, very predictable in it's handling and feel, has rock solid 2ndary stability and is seaworthy and dry.

Despite having lots of rocker and lots of free board when empty, it is quite manageable in the wind if you trim properly. I put a full 5 gal collapsible water jug more or less under the forward thwart, adjusting it's exact position per conditions.

I day trip and carry little freight.

The bottom is pretty near round, the "shallow" arch quickly meeting the very soft chines. So there's some roll at first. You'll grow out of it. And you'll grow out of the nervous tracking that the generous rocker allows. If you are well experienced you might not experience any awkwardness at all.

Some move the seat forward and up or down to suit their style and needs. The seat is positioned far back. You lose a bit of bite on some strokes by sitting that way, and there's the matter of trim.

It's a tripper meant to be loaded heavy and loaded forward, but I suspect that most of them are used as playboats.

www.paddling.net has reviews too I remember now. Maybe you have been there already.

Anyway, I'm very fond of my SN in RX. I like my Bob Special in RX, but for what I do around here, I'm crazy about the SN. I'm getting the light version in the spring because I don't need a bombproof boat to get me back home from a disaster on the far side of the moon. I'd much rather have one that's a little easier to drag thru pathless woods, hoist over strainers and up high embankments. The going gets sloppy here.

I paddle exclusively to photograph along and in the vicinity of my streams. I spend a lot of time in small back channels and creeks. The short and agile SN is at home in these places. Yet at the same time it's very good at riding over the waves that I'm not skilled enough to avoid when I dare a rough section. It's kept me and my gear dry.

I have poled it a little. Without a proper pole, which makes a big difference in fast water or deeper water. My bamboo rig doesn't want to sink easily. But I can push it around a bit and might get something like competent if I practice. All I can do now is flat water that isn't too fast, and since there isn't much of that around here, for me poling is a fun trick. And since at 65 I'm into the geezer age bracket, I'm not too driven about it. But with study the SN can be poled.

Hope this helps.
 
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Acer, WHAT a NICE reply, so I have to ask what part of this beautiful planet do you paddle in? Do you enter your photo work in contests? Best to you, and yours, double that! Ravenwolf;
 
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