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Old 03-16-2005   #1
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Boat reccomendations

Im going to get into kayaking. My friend has been riding for a while and he has a playboat, i will be riding with him most of the time. I need to get a boat, i saw a dagger redline in the classifieds is that a good boat for me, im 6'1" 155lbs. I dont think i want a new boat and i dont really have the money for one either. I dont want to get a boat that i will get bored with half way through the summer tho, i tend to learn things pretty quick.

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Old 03-16-2005   #2
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Do not get the REDLINE (much older boat design for old school newbie)
Get a Pyranha S6 or a Jackson Fun You can find the s6 used and may be able to find a used Fun (although that may be hard since those boats are super hot right now)
Good luck and Do not get the Redline

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Old 03-16-2005   #3
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Yeah, don't get the redline, I'm going to get it!

FYI- these kayaks don't have motors, so there is not "riding". You have to paddle them!
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Old 03-16-2005   #4
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You are going to get many answer posts with this type of question. It is somewhat like 'what car should I buy', tough to say when we dont know you. Are you aggressive and dont mind swimming or would you rather start slow and be somewhat cautious? What type of boating do you want to do? Playing, creeking, general river running? I would say no to the redline. I never liked that boat even when it was new but all of these are personal opinions so answer these questions and we will give you guidelines and then its up to demo and decide what you like.
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Old 03-17-2005   #5
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k thanks guys, I plan on playboating and some creeking. And i guess i would consider myself pretty aggresive
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Old 03-17-2005   #6
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Creek boats are specialized to provide floatation and safety so they arent much good in the playboating scene. I would try a river/play boat. Something like a Big Ez.
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Old 05-01-2005   #7
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Look for a playboat that is about 4 years old. this is about the era that they started to get ridiculously specialised. Anything from then will play but still be able to paddle some lesser technical class 3ish creeks. Just be aware that a play boat with slicey or scoopy ends can get pinned easily. A pyranha s6 200 for your size comes into mind. Could be just a little big for a play specific boat but this will let you run bigger stuff
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Old 05-09-2005   #8
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Get a Big EZ. . . great boat, good for beginner and easy to roll unlike the S6. . .bad choice for beginner.

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Old 05-27-2005   #9
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Something like a BigEZ would be a good choice for an all-around boat that would work for you for a couple seasons, but I wouldn't completely rule out a Redline. It's longer and not as playful, but it could be a really good boat for your first season. It should be a lot cheaper, and once you've been padling for a while, you might discover that you want something different...regardless of what boat you start out with. Just realize that you'd outgrow something like the Redline pretty quickly.

Or if you decide to go w/ an older playboat like was mentioned above, I've got a Dagger Medieval for sale. It does have slicey ends, so it's definitely not a creek boat, but it's a good river runner.

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