Class V no more...
For me the end of my Class V days came when I saw my little girl. Funny how it seemed like no big deal to leave a widow behind (and with all that life insurance, a house, two cars (okay, one car and one shuttle vehicle with ode d'neoprene) and all the rest of the stuff). However the idea of leaving kids behind also played a role. Add to that advancing age (late 30's and early 40's), longer recovery time from injury, less time to boat (kids take a lot of time once they start getting older) and Class V was just just not fun anymore. So don't just blame the old lady for your friend's starting to move away from hair boating and towards play boating or just having good days on the river. My wife did always give me the kayak widow blues at the start of every season and she did have a one weekend a month that was hers rule but other than that it wasn't really an issue. However when my daughter and then son came along I just drifted away, first for hair, then from boating enough to even have fun on big water class IV to today when I get out it is usually Class III relaxing floats. Looking forward to the day my daughter and then son want to start running rivers and hopefully if they do they will each some day experience the joy of a great Class V run (although then I will be the one worrying about them, funny how those table turn).