Originally Posted by caspermike
for shuttle help i suggest using a moped or hitch hike you can strap it to the front of your rig leave boat hidden at put in and drive vechicle to take out than ride her up better to do it before and not after your run. but if you are jsut starting i wouldn't solo it just let get some good practice first like years if you are doing more challenging stretches but most class 5 boats die in class 3 situations
What the hell does this have to do with his question about buying the wrong boat? Casper...I really hate to break it to you, but you need to lay off the sauce man. It's way too early for that crap.
Ryano...if the boat feels comfortable to you when you're sitting in it, I'd recommend staying with it. It isn't a "beginner" boat, but it will make you a better paddler. After one season in that boat, you'll be better than if you had bought an old giant like an RPM or something that is touted as a "beginner" boat. And after one season in a beginner boat, you'd be looking to get something like the Agent anyway, so I say get something you'll grow into, rather than something you'll grow out of.
The edges are sharp, and they will get caught by slight side currents and swirlleys, which will flip you at first, but will also build your 6th sense much faster, bracing. Playboats are fun regardless of whether or not you get into freestyle and improve your technique which will help you if you decide to get a creek boat or a true river runner to run harder sections later on.
To give an example...I started off in a Dagger Animas. Look it up under the Tuna Boat section. The first stretch of river I ran was Waterton. No problem. I ran Waterton so many times, that I eventually eroded a hole in my Animas from dragging the beast back to my car. I tried to repair it, but made it worse, so then I bought a Dagger Super Ego when it first came out. I ran Waterton again and had my first swim and first crushed ego.
I then proceeded to get my ass kicked on everything I ran. I was frustrated, but realized my roll wasn't what I thought it was. My brace was shit, because I didn't need it much in the Animas. It seemed like I was bracing every second I was in the Super Ego at first. Towards the end of that season though...I ended up with a great brace and a great roll. Neither of which I would have obtained in the Animas...without paddling more dangerous water.
just my opinion.