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Old 11-06-2012   #1
welch, Oklahoma
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Force IK need info

As I get older fatter and slower I was wonder about a force IK. I know that going to rubber will give me 10 more years of serious paddling . So I was wondering if any of you buzzards had experience with this boat ??

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Old 11-06-2012   #2
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I have the new Force and LOVE it. It is a little beefier than the previous model and can handle anything you can competently navigate. I don't think it'll be as easy to roll as the older model but I don't think most people get this boat to roll it. There are web grab loops on the floor and I've found that with practice I can flip and get back in about as quick as a hard boaters second roll attempt.

It's the best duckie for a kayak experience IMO.

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Old 11-06-2012   #3
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Size matters

I have a Force XL, and I am 6'6" 280 lbs, I was big for that boat. The newer Force boats are one size fits all, and considerably smaller. I don't doubt their performance, but I'd give one a sit unless you are average size or smaller. My wife had a 9 foot Sotar, and I loved that boat too.
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Old 11-07-2012   #4
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YES! If you are kind of a mediocre hardshell boater but want something more exciting than the average ducky the Force is an excellent choice.If you are a solid kayaker I 'd stick to hardshells.I 've seen 70 year olds still paddle kayaks.

checkout a site called "the Boat People "for reviews of various duckies.I have the original XL, the one they call zippy.The weight capacity is 275 lbs. The newer ones are wider ( boo !) with slightly bigger tubes, so probably 300(?).

Pros : Boof machine -plays better than other ducks -as fast as most creek boats -less forgiving so more exciting -requires more skill than normal ducky -smaller for travel -good outfitting /locked in like kayak

Cons :Can 't carry much -squirrely laterals give you trouble -less forgiving if you want that -cockpit tiny for reentry (I 'm 6'4" 250)

They make an expedition model without the rear float bag so you can take a drybag.I doubt you 'll roll it, some can.I don 't know about the new loops Grif mentioned, but any ducky running 3 plus or harder should have a flip strap of webbing cinched taut across the bottom of boat and a trailing strap of webbing about 30 inches or less with no knots.With that set up you can self rescue /re enter fast like Grif said.

GRIF, Where do you keep your lawn chair and turkey legs in that boat?
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Old 11-07-2012   #5
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I don't paddle no dummass duckie! That wuz my friend usin' my internet box. He's got a purple duck, 'bout as queer as a football bat. I run them stouts in my canoe cuz it ain't called a can'tnew and cuz I gottit cheap at a trailer park estate sale!
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