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Old 07-01-2010   #1
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Bow/Stern rise...

What is better for rafting in rapids a higher or lower bow/stern rise?

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Old 07-01-2010   #2
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Old 07-01-2010   #3
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Thats like asking which is better- Ford / Chevy. Some folks will say the more rocker the boat has, the easier it will flip because as the bow comes into contact with the haystack (top of the wave in big water) it wants to continue to ride on top of the water and thus come back over. By that same argument a lower rocker will "punch" through the wave. Some folks will say thats all a bunch of "whoooha". However the more rocker you have the dryer your passengers will be in lower class water.
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