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    Default Rowing Spark

    Spark my elderly Series 1 GP14 is a bit too high strung for my level of ability. She does ok under my control when the wind is steady, but 300 pounds holding up a 22 foot mast with 138 sf of sail is not a lot of fun when single handing. Today the winds were out of the north at 10mph and gusting to 16 or so. I wanted to get out on the water, but there was no way I was going to go sailing. I went out sans rig and under oars on our local lake.

    Lake Lenape is a man made lake of roughly 350 acres with an average depth of 6 feet. It's a long and slender lake about 2 miles in length. At the southern end is a dam and the boat ramp and the northern end becomes the Great Egg Harbor River and is very swamp like. At one point I could fee the wind pushing back on my oars as I rowed, so I was glad I decided not to sail. I was also glad that most small sailboats row well, and my Geep is no exception. She's not a canoe or a kayak, but she does well enough considering she does not have a skeg to help in tracking. Due to that, she also rows well backwards when it was time to do a little exploring and I wanted to see where I was going.

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    "If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito"

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    "If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito"

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    Default Re: Rowing Spark

    Lovely place to explore. Looks very much like Seattle's Arboretum, although our pastoral waterway is considerably smaller.
    - Chris

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    Default Re: Rowing Spark

    You're doing exactly what was visualised when Jack Holt was given the design brief for the GP.While I haven't sailed one myself,those I know who have regarded them as good boats and they do quite nicely for rowing or an hour or two with a fishing rod.

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