If it helps, we learned in Alaska (after flipping on the banks of in a glacial creek!) that stowing gear in the middle beam is key for weight distribution, especially in moving water.
I suggest coming up with a backrest for the bow paddler. Just sitting on the center tube and/or packs is not sufficient after 6 hrs+ of paddling.
good tips! keep 'em coming! we have 1 more pool sesh before Belize.
Totally agree with JayXC. Especially on flat water sections.
One more -- for you, in particular, a small foam pad/piece of clothing/even wearing bike shorts will do wonders for your comfort, sitting on the seam of the beam :)
Also, the Gnu is amazing. We had other packrafts when we did Untamed in 2012, and the Gnu feels like a small kayak in comparison. You'll have a blast.
any tips on repair of a small hole? we inflated our team's 2nd boat last night and located a small leak. right now the plan is Tyvek tape on the inside and AquaSeal on the outside.
Our boats came with a repair kit. If you don't have one I'd contact Alpaca and see if you can get one from them.
yep we got the repair kit plus i had ordered some extra supplies, the Tyvek tape being one of them. Brent and Abby just sent me this link: http://www.alpackarafts.com/repair-guide/
which is much better than the info that comes with the repair kit.