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If there was a boat that I…
A buddy tried talking me into the Classic XL but that was even narrower than a Bell Wildfire I had owned, which, again because of my weight, had problems adjusting to its stability. That might have been because of the higher seat in the Bell. So I ordered the boat and because of timing issues, I only had about a half hour in the boat before the start of the 340 mile race. Because of the big winds that could happen on the wide open Missouri River, I ordered the boat with the Smartrudder option. That was a very good choice and held me straight as needed. Because the boat was designed as a whitewater boat (but has minimal rocker) with greater volume, its a bit taller and catches the wind pretty easy. I added temporary, cloth deck covers to help keep the wind out.
I think it would be a great BW boat for a bigger person.. and you could still haul a lot of gear with no problems. Oh ya, at only 28 pounds - with rudder - its very easy to move around and load. I only gave it a 9 because of my lack of time in the boat and because the carbon 'tractor' seat could be a little bit bigger or my butt a little smaller (as if that's gonna happen!).
As I don't have much good canoeing days left this year, I'll try to update this review after I have more time in the boat which will probably be sometime next year.