- Feb 10, 2002
> I have just received my Vireo plans, but something I have sinceHi Don,
> wondered about - how is she if you step aboard from a keelboat or
> pontoon? I wonder if she is reasonably stable if you place your
> weight on the sloping bottom (maybe if you can't always reach the
> Do you have any experience of this?
We first used Vireo behind a 52 ft houseboat - our last family
holiday before our eldest left home. Vireo is very stable even if you
are not stepping into the centre, and it was easy to get in and out
Just a thought for Sakari, if you read this. If you will mostly be
taking a passenger, probably best to consider a 14 ft boat, or even
RB42 for 2-up and occasional one-up. (Herb McLeod has rowed his solo
and reports good performance). It would have a greater load capacity,
and a bit more leg room. I've had no problems two-up in Vireo, though.
Our boat is mostly used solo, where the light weight and low drag
make it so delightful and effortless to row. Two up, for us, is for
an occasional bit of fun out with the family. Vireo copes well
especialy if the passenger is a child. My two youngest girls row two
up with the stern clear. Great for kids.
PS Bruce Given has given me permission to post some AF4B photos he
sent me. He did a magnificent job. I'll scan tonight and post the
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