being further forwards keeps the bow down and really keeps the boat sure footed in heavy seas. a family boat is laid out so that the driver can keep a good eye on the kids in front whilst driving - this works well in calm waters but even a slight chop can lift the bow up into the air resulting in uncomfortable landings. this problem is worsened by the fact all the weight ie adults and engine etc are at the rear causing the boat to plough through the water with only lightweight kids up front acting as ballast!
one friend of mine has this exact problem and has now put 2 bags of sand in the anchor locker of his avon 4.5. another friend says his valiant 520 is impossible to drive on his own without anyone being sat in the bow. both say they are great for keeping an eye on kids, but both are disappointed with performance.
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