Originally Posted by At sea
I'll bet you didn't keep the bow down by sitting in it. If you had, you'd have discovered how easy it is. Doesn't cure a hangover though...
I've tried many times and you're right, standing in the bow to weight it down is the only way to get it to paddle even remotely in a straight line. I've broken an oar twice in the past two years, forcing me to paddle home; I no longer use anything but heavy wooden oars.
I can still row either my porta-bote or my zodiac rib
5x faster than I can paddle them. the zodiac
has a 4hp, but I'm not comfortable leaving it on the beach where I can't padlock it to anything, so usually I use the porta-bote, which rows quite nicely.
maybe you're only paddling a few meters? I'm currently anchored about 350m off the beach, and some days when the wind is up I have to put all my stuff in drybags and bungee my bicycle to the rowboat to get home.