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Old 07-19-2005   #1
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boat buying help...something like a Redline

Hey I am hoping to get some advice on buying a new (or new to me) boat I should say. Looking for something like a Redline, but smaller. I boat a redline now and would like something a bit more maneuverable.

I like the edges of redline b/c it is still a planing hull but very forgiving.

Any boats out there like the Redline in the 7'-8' ft range? I was thinking maybe and Outlaw. Looking to buy a used boat. (i have little in the funds department)

Thanks for any help

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Old 07-19-2005   #2
Bugtussle, Kentucky
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Hey G - I hear tubes are in. Right around your price range too.

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Old 07-19-2005   #3
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I love my dagger GT- mine's the 7.8 (7 ft 8 inches). planing hull river runner. nice edges, forgiving, easy to roll. I love it! It's worth demoing one to see how you like it

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Old 07-19-2005   #4
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I very happily transitioned from a Redline to a Sub-8. When I get back in the Redline, I feel like I'm in some sort of tank hell bent on surfing me into the pit of every hole. You'll find that the edges of a smaller boat are easier to control; if the edge starts to load due to a bad lean, a quick hip adjustment will put those ends right out of the water. In hindsight, the Redline is probably a great boat to learn in, but a terrible chunk of plastic to sit in after a few days on the river. The Sub-8 set me back about $250. Mountain Miser is doing a boat swap soon, (this weekend?) and that might be a great opportunity to find something new, to you.
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Old 07-20-2005   #5
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Asheville, North Carolina
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lil joe

Redline lovers...I also like to have a comfortable boat for high volume rivers and still like to retain the ability to surf waves and run big water class V. I have been using a Liquidlogic Lil Joe for this and its a great boat at 7'7'' and 60 gallons. Also, you have all the modern conveniences that the redline lacks: like a ratchet backband and properly placed security bars. You can contact CKS at 888.265.2925 I think they have a few demos for sale. good luck!
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