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Old 06-02-2006   #1
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Best Kayak for the Grand Canyon ???

Short boat or long?
Had good luck on the Futa in an RPM MAX
Enjoyed using a Wavesport Z on the Pacure in Costa Rico
Paddle an S-8 around the SE
Do the flat stetches mean a long boat would fight the aggravation and
slowness make it worthwhile?

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Old 06-02-2006   #2
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Take something fast for catching big waves and and the flat water. Comfort is a major factor as well... you will be spending a lot of time in your boat. I wieght 155 and took a Prijon Fly... it was perfect for me.

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Old 06-02-2006   #3
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I second both points made by Alex. I have taken creek boats and large play boats. I prefer the larger play boat (like an Inazone or EZ) for catching fast waves etc. Both of these boats are also comfy for larger paddlers.

There is however a school of thought that says "take the smallest playboat" and while this is good for tricking out in the swirlies and such IMO they are not too comfortable and can't produce the speed you want for the bigger drive-by waves (of which there are many in the GC).

Remember it's 90% flatwater

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Old 06-02-2006   #4
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You're going to the Grand Canyon and you didn't invite me? Jeez, some friend
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Old 06-02-2006   #5
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i took a old verison of the pyranha G:3 and i did really well. it is a long boat i was going to take my play boat the pyranha S6F but i thought it would be a night mare in the flat water
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Old 06-02-2006   #6
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If you are a playboater, then take the playboat. I wouldn't have wanted to be in anything other than the boat I normally use during the season for class 3-4 water....which is the playboat. Comfort is obviously an issue but boat speed won't matter too much because the rafts will be the bottleneck in the progress you make down the river each day. Our trip last fall was at 8300 csf and I don't think there were many waves that I missed due to boat size. That being said, we had plenty of room available on the rafts so we were often in the raft anyways during the flatwater. If you don't have this luxury then perhaps a medium sized do-it-all downriver boat would be the way to go so that you'd be more comfortable.
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Old 06-02-2006   #7
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Old 06-03-2006   #8
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Todd, sorry I was invited along

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Old 06-03-2006   #9
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something fast and that can haul a ton of beer!! Last time i was in a RPM but that was many moons ago think comfort and BEER
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My favorite boat so far was a 16' AIRE raft! But if you insist on something plastic, go for comfort and volume.

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