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Old 07-07-2008   #11
Join Date: Oct 2003
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free would be the price to pay, maybe a sixer of PBR at most. it would only be advisable to use this boat in the pool and up to CLII water, and i don't think you would enjoy your time on the payette fork of your choice. lots of folks have also made mailbox posts or flowerbeds out of these boats, if home crafts are a hobby of yours.

is the paddle a 90deg offset, with aluminum blades? if you are going for the "retro" look that would be one to get.

you should be able to find newer used gear with a reasonable price tag in a place like boise. newer gear, especially boats and 30-45deg offset paddles, will be easier to learn with and make your progression to CLIII-IV much easier.

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Old 07-07-2008   #12
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Paddling Since: 1990
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I started paddling in an Old Town Mach 5. For those of you who can't think back that far it was fiberglass. You have really not had a rush until the top of your boat caves in on your legs during an inadvertent ender. Then I got a Dancer and thought I would never need another boat. Well, like in most cases, technology has taken over and the sport of kayaking has changed, dramatically. Now I have a BigEZ and most of you probably call that an out of date boat now. (Maybe that explains my slow transition into rafting, or maybe it is the ability to drink beer on the river)

Anyway, a Pir S is outdated and there are certainly fancier play boats out there. But, you can run big water in one, people did it for years. I've run the Gauley many times in my Dancer. You can play in one, maybe not cartwheels, but you can certainly have some fun. It will be way easier to roll than any of the new boats too.

My advice, if you are a beginner, is pick it up for $100 bucks. Paddle it for a year to learn the ropes, then donate it to some outdoor program or high school and use it as a tax write off.

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Old 07-07-2008   #13
Evergreen, Colorado
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I am thinking we need to have an old-school-boat only rodeo.... RPMs and older only!

winner gets a bootie beer pass for the rest of the season.
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Old 07-07-2008   #14
Boise, Idaho
Paddling Since: 2008
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Didn't buy it

Hello all,

I decided to pass on the Pirouette. I'm looking at a Perception Blaze 6.9 or a liquidlogic lil joe now. They'll cost closer to $400, but I may actually be able to find enough space to store them!

If anyone in Idaho knows a place other than Inland Surf that sells used boats (or has a boat they'd be willing to part with cheap), let me know.


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