Originally Posted by Swim team capt.
To the OP
For what you want a boat to do I would tell you to get the Mamba 8.5
At your weight and the gear you want to carry it is the choice.
The big H3 and D-75 would still be alittle over weighted.
As far as the Hoss goes if your looking for a riverrunner that surfs and spins in the play hole this is the choice.
I own one and tip the scale at 240 and was able to spin in it before I could spin my Kingpin.
Don't get me wrong all the boat listed are great choices but figure if you want stability take it from a twinkie lover you don't want to push the weight limit but if you want play push it push it real good.
As far as the reviews on the GT goes it is a super river runner aiming to surf but alittle big for anyplay and you gouldnt go wrong with one.
I have paddled all the boats listed in these post so far and no matter what boat you get in YOU will learn how to paddle it.
If you are thinking I want to learn to surf and Play alilttle get a river play boat and take those swim to learn that boat.
Hi Swim Team Capt.;
My fault, I replied to the thread by Scary MC (Gary) with a Q of my own.
Thereby confusing the thread. Sorry!
I am 5' 9", and weigh in at 185 lbs. with a 31" inseam.
My wife is 5' 7", and 155 lbs.
And I had narrowed our choices down to:
LL Lil Joe / Hoss
Pyranha Burn C30 S/M
WS Diesel 65/75
? Dagger Mamba 7.8/8.1
I am favoring the LL or Diesel, esp. Diesel if I can find it used.
The Mamba is listed more as a Creeker, but ... how forgiving is it for beginners in river running?
And I wrote earlier that a lot of reviews I had read really did not favor the GT.
So, sorry for the confusion, and I know your response is apprapo to Scary MC, but not to me.
I would still like to consider your opinion, now that you know my stats.