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Old 07-17-2008   #1
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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Best Boat for novice?

Im looking for a boat to buy, i just started paddling a few months ago and love it. Now im looking to buy a used boat. What kind of boat should i get? im looking for either a play boat or a playboat/riverrunner hybrid. My weight is around 135-150. TIA

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Old 07-17-2008   #2
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jackson fun. they are great boats. more play but still some river running. or if you can find one a wave sport EZG. both come in multiple sizes. i paddle an EZG in bigger water and still can play at every wave i can. something else you could do is go talk to your local kayaking shop. im sure they can help you out. plus people put up adds at shops fo rselling boats.
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Old 07-17-2008   #3
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My first boat was a dagger rpm. It is a great boat, it surfs squitrs and roles very easy. It is great for bigger water and some creeks. The only draw back is it is limited in the trick bag. It has been the best selling boat, well thats what dagger says.
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Old 07-17-2008   #4
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I'd second the vote for the jackson fun. This boat is capable of everything from aggressive play to some big water runs. It's my opinion that beginners start with something that has edges so that they learn how to properly ferry, peel out etc.
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Old 07-18-2008   #5
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fun yes, rpm no
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Old 07-18-2008   #6
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rpm will make harder things for you easy plus they are cheap
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Old 07-18-2008   #7
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I like the Dagger RX. I found it a little less edgy then the Fun and more stable but it also plays nicely. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2008   #8
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I would go with the fun or similar. I would avoid EZGs while everyone thinks they are playboats they are not. Once you start to pick up playboating it will just hold you back. If you like the EZG I would recommend picking up a used ZG that way it will have more play opportunity. No RPM.

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