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Old 05-11-2012   #1
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Top things you look for in a creek/river running boat

Doing an article for an upcoming issue of Rapid Magazine and was wondering what the top things are that you look for/care about when deciding on a river running/creek boat (like the burn, diesel, mamba, etc.)


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Old 05-11-2012   #2
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Stability, speed, maneuverability, storage space, quality of material and build, good outfitting. Oh and it has to have a cool name.


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Old 05-13-2012   #3
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I feel like the name is probably more important than anything else.
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The quality of the plastic is a big deciding factor. My last boat was destroyed when it went through a IV at high water (by itself) and the nose was ripped open. My replacement boat has a reinforced hard plastic cap on the nose in addition to being made of blow-molded HTP. I feel more confident in the better plastic which is also more rigid, making the boat more responsive.
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Old 05-13-2012   #5
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Color is key! If the color isnt all swirly and psychadelic then its not for me!

X2 on what Dave Frank said first. He hit the nail on the head.
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Old 05-13-2012   #6
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Speed, tracking, carving ability. It needs to handle like a sports car rather than a monster truck.

I disagree with Dave on the maneuverability. To me that means easy turning which is the opposite of tracking. It has to have some degree of maneuverability but not at the expense of tracking and speed. That's where I see the difference lies between creek boats (Villain) and river-running creek boats (Burn).

There is a trade off. It is understood that a river-running creek boat won't handle funky water and steep, rocky, low volume descents as well as a creek boat.

Both boats should boof easily. The creek boat, because it has a lot of rocker. The river-running creek boat because it can get up to speed and launch with a couple of strokes.

All good boats whether creek boats or river-running creek boats should have all-day comfort, easily adjustable outfitting, easily accessible storage space and durability.

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