Question for those with more experience than me.
I'm looking at getting a larger boat than my SuperFun.
The key problem is I'm 6'9", ~39" inseam, size 14 feet.
Which means every boat out there fits me right?
Oh yeah, skinny too, so those stock hip pads don't work well
I've tried sitting in Dagger's boats (Mamba 8.5), but
am not able to make the thigh braces not cut into my
thighs, so that's out.
I've tried the Burn, which has the downside of making my
feet fall asleep even w/very loose hip pads. It didn't handle
as reliable as I'd like in some wave trains. Probably more
me than the boat, but carved really nicely.
Which brings me to the two that I've like the most. The
Habitat 80 and the Mega Rocker. Fit wise, the Mega Rocker
is probably the best as I have lots of room in it, it has a nice XL
cockpit, plenty of leg room, thigh braces that fit, etc. The
Habitat 80 has slightly better handling for me, good thigh
braces, etc but it has a L cockpit.
And the cockpit is the real question I have. Just how tight
is too tight. For the Habitat 80, I have to slide in with my legs
basically straight (knees not bent) to get into the boat. Once
in, I'm ok on comfort, but getting in/out it just feels like a double
jointed knee would be a useful addition (fits very much like the
old Corsica I have). I have proven I can swim out of the boat
w/o a problem, but I still worry about being that tight in a boat,
especially if I start doing more Class IV runs. I kinda doubt that
I'll ever do class V.
After that long winded note, anyone have thoughts on
how tight is too tight to get into/out of a boat? Or am
I worrying too much on this having gotten spoiled by the
XL cockpit on the SuperFun? Or is the fact that I'm worrying
about it mean I should stick with an XL cockpit.
Long term I think I'll be happy with either boat, and will
learn how to deal with each one's idiosyncracies.