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Old 10-08-2013   #1
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Boat Volume??

Just bought a hardly used Mamba 7.5 (not the 7.6) After knee surgery I have not been able to paddle my small burn without pain. I am pain free in this boat. Haven't had it on anything hard yet...should I be concerned about the lower volume. I weigh 128lbs
sm Burn=63gal
7.5 mamba= 57gal

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Old 10-08-2013   #2
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I think no worries. Every company seems to measure volume differently so you really don't know what it means anyway. I paddle a small Burn and I think it's about ideal for me. I'm 150 lbs so you're ~ 10% lighter, and the advertised volume of the Mamba is ~ 10% less than the Burn, so in theory the displacement per lb is about equal. But it really depends on what you're paddling, how you paddle, etc. Since you're asking this question, I'm guessing you're paddling easier water (e.g. Cl 3 & 4) and the Mamba should be fine.

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Old 10-08-2013   #3
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Thanks JohnG. Yes, you guessed right, I don't paddle harder than class 4. But since I hurt my knee I was unable to paddle my Burn so took my playboat down some class 4 runs. EEEkkk!!! is all I can say. Good thing I can roll! Just wanted a pain free boat with more volume than my JK Star that I don't spend the majority of time upside-down.
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As mentioned volume measurements are rarely accurate but to make them even less relevant volume shapes mean 2 truly equal volume boats with different hulls and decks will paddle and float you differently. The mamba should boof and resurface well so I don't think you should worry too much about not floating.
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