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Old 10-22-2005   #1
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boat for the gf

Trying to teach my girlfriend to Kayak. Considered letting her learn in my old Tripple X, but her legs fall asleep in it after a few minutes. Would like to acquire a suitable boat for a 5'2" aprox 110 lb female that is good for learning yet is still aggressive and won't be outgrown too quickly. Considered the WS Siren, but noticed that it may have been discontinued. Any insights as to why? Better yet any other boat suggestions?


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Old 10-23-2005   #2
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She might like one of the smaller Jackson fun series.

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Old 10-23-2005   #3
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The Pyranha Inazone is a great boat to learn in. Easy to roll, small enough to start playboating, and fine in big water too. Sounds like the 212 or 220 would be a good fit.

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Old 10-24-2005   #5
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If she's just starting out (and you actually *like* her ), you probably don't want to put the gf in a Siren. I'm not certain on their production status, but I've heard it referred to as a "flip machine" by a couple of folks who've demoed it?? I've never paddled one myself, but have been OTR with an acquaintance who owns one, and she seemed to be having a difficult time with it?

The EZG and Jackson Funs suggested here are comparable boats-- (I trust all 3 of these posters, but don't know anything about the Pyranhas so I can't comment on it... sorry COUNT! ). If the gf's just starting out, the EZG may be a little edgy and grabby for her-- the Jackson, on the other hand, is comfy, it's light, and handles well as both a beginning boat and a playboat/ river runner as her skills grow. I've paddled and like both, but I prefer and own a Jackson.
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Old 10-24-2005   #6
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inazone 222

I am finally selling my inazone 222. I started in this boat, and have paddled it all over the country. It is a great boat to start, and take to the next level. I'm a chic boater, and I highly recommend this boat for women getting started, very stable, easy to roll, and won't scare ya.

I'm selling it for $200, I'm in winter park, but comming to Denver this weekend.
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Old 10-24-2005   #7
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The Siren is basicly a smaller version of the XXX which was the womens version of the X.

It is a VERY edgy boat that is why most paddlers didn't care for it, great for cartwheels and squirty type tricks.

If she is looking for and surf/play type riverrunner future look at the EZG/EZ boats or the Fun's

If she is mostly going to be riverrunning with some surfing I would get her into the Liquid Logic Lil Joe/Trigger VERY stable with great surf/spin abaility with out beining edgy.
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I have never found my ezg to be edgy.
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My EZG isn't edgy either - but - one dealer told me that the EZG42 is more of an all out play boat so it is a bit edgier than the 50 or 60. You might want to try out some new boats that are going to be nice boats. The Dagger Prescription or the Pyranha Stretch.

The Siren is a smaller size WS ACE and not the XXX or anything near an X. They are flippy for beginner boaters since they tend to lean back in fear and get stern squirted more often in a boat like that.
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Old 10-24-2005   #10
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If you want to keep her and still paddle with her, let someone else teach her. Thought that was one of the golden rules of teaching someone to paddle. Otherwise, you may end up with boat you can't paddle and you'll be single or maybe that's the plan.

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