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Old 10-07-2010   #1
Pensacola, Florida
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Yak Board-Ocean Kayak

Has anyone ever used a sit on top kayak like the yak board from ocean kayak for whitewater kayaking? What is like and what do prefer? Thanks

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Old 10-07-2010   #2
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I knew a bunch of people who paddled yahoo's. About as maneuverable as a ducky, the hulls are empty and need to be drained and eventually the plastic will wear thin (they aren't really meant to hit rocks) and then it's trashed. I think the are quite a bit faster though. You can front surf some longer waves too.

A few people could actually roll them, but then it leaves you wondering why they weren't in a closed deck whitewater specific boat. If you wanted to paddle a single person boat without having a roll duckies make way more sense to me, with durability being the biggest factor.

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Old 10-07-2010   #3
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I pulled an abandoned rental Yahoo out of an eddy. Full of water, it took two people to maneuver it onshore and a long time to drain it. The rental company didn't rush out to retreive it and actaully asked if I would return it to them. It didn't seem to be of much worth.
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