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Old 08-07-2012   #1
behind your mom, Colorado
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boat decision for a newbie

I've only been paddling this summer. I have a pyranha recoil because I figured it would be a good all-around boat. I've kinda decided I'm not very interested in play boating and lately I've been thinking about dumping it for something more river/creek oriented like a burn or a stomper, that would hopefully have a little more stability too to help me build confidence. I bought the recoil used and could probably sell it for what I paid, but part of me feels guilty like I should stick it out with the recoil until I get better. Opinions?

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Old 08-07-2012   #2
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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I personally think you learn faster in a playboat. River runners and creek boats will just cover up your mistakes and let you get away with poor technique. Better to take the steep learning curve.

That's how I roll. YMMV.

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Old 08-07-2012   #3
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I'm with homefry for the same reasons. If you plan on taking up kayaking as an active hobby and want to progress, then stick with the playboat. All people living on the Front Range really should -not- consider themselves playboaters (unless they're into driving far away) because we don't have good features (maybe Pueblo is an exception). However, everybody should own a playboat and go playboating sometimes.

If you just want to get on a river every once in a while to enjoy the fresh air, then by all means get the most forgiving boat you can find (duckie). If you're freaked out on the water to the point of not having fun, then maybe buying something more forgiving might make sense, though I would probably argue that you should just boat easier water. When you're running class III/IV in your playboat with aplomb, go buy a creekboat.
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Old 08-08-2012   #4
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awesome that's kinda what I thought. I'll stick with the recoil for at least another year.
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Old 08-08-2012   #5
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Getting the most out of a Burn requires comfort with being deeply on edge and being very decisive with your moves. It is rewarding when you have the skill and comfort to hurl it around, but isn't very forgiving for newbies. I liken it to Volkl skis.
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