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Old 10-09-2005   #1
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Good kayak for the Grand?

Anyone have suggestions for types of kayaks that would be good for running through the Grand Canyon?

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Old 10-09-2005   #2
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what ever you are most comfy in. Some days can be long. If your a solid class IV paddler you'll have WW fun regaurdless of boat type. sj

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Old 10-09-2005   #3
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any boat that is fast, lots of the big waves you have to catch on the fly. comfort is also key as anyone will tell you, also having a built in beer coozie is a plus.
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Old 10-09-2005   #4
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ZG ZG ZG I took a ZG 54 this may and loved it!
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Old 10-09-2005   #5
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Take your playboat if you're into that. Just got off the grand and took my LL vision 56 and loved it. I'm not sure if a longer boat would have mattered for surfing. The waves I found worth surfing were all big enough and steep enough to hold me regardless of boat length. Comfort is key for those 20 mile days......
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Old 10-10-2005   #6
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Prijon Fly
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Old 10-10-2005   #7
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I thought i would get ripped as old school for saying Fly . But that is the boat i had the most fun in down there. sj
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I took a G-Force and it was fine. Comfort is a huge issue. I wish I had my EZG then, b/c it would have made it a little nicer, but still it wasn't a big deal. There were a surprising number of small holes that we could play in with spuds. My bro took a Switch, and was able to catch a couple more waves, but paid for it with foot pain. I would say go spud or go big (Fly, H3, Diesel, Hammer). Don't take something that gives a marginal return on play in exchange for pain like my friend did.

Really, just ask yourself, would I rather front surf really big waves (fast), or would I rather huck over them (air!) -- that will tell you which boat to bring.
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Old 10-11-2005   #9
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18' cat. Comfortable yes, makes every rapid more challenging and fun if you have never rowed one. You can front surf them on several of the waves. Then bring a kayak to surf with or trade off with other guys kayaking., all the ladies on your trip will want to hang out. beer holders, safety supplies, sunshine.

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