Help -- Pyranha 420 or Recoil??
I am looking to buy a new boat and would like some advice. I am pretty much set on either a Pyranha 420 or recoil, as they fit me great and I like the outfitting. I know the differences between the boats, and am looking more for input from experienced paddlers on which boat would be better for me. Where I'm at:
this is my first season paddling, I learned in an older Kingpin 6.3 (I have really dug this boat, but it is nowhere near as comfy as the Pyranha boats for my size--6 3 and about 200lbs), and still own the boat, but it is on it's last leg. I can roll well on both sides and like to play--I spend quite a bit of time on the playwaves in BV and Salida, but being a beginner, am not really able to tell subtle differences between playboats yet, and am far from being an awesome playboater, but am getting better. I have run class III and some IV (numbers in lower water, upper mish in lower water), but got pushed around quite a bit in my kingpin at higher water levels.
Most of my paddling buddies say that I should just buy the 420, because river runner/playboats aren't that great for either, but these are also guys who are great playboaters and great creekers, and have been paddling for quite awhile--maybe before the more recent playboat/river runner designs were around.
I have progressed well this season, but would like to run stretches of river next year at high water with a bit more confidence.
SO, is it worthwhile to sacrifice some playability for more stability (recoil), or do I just suck it up and get the 420 and maybe spend more time upside down or with the occasional high water swim? Will the recoil prevent me from having a good time at the playwaves and becoming a better playboater? Will I be good enough in the next two years to take advantage of the 420's playability, or is the recoil plenty playable?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Cheers.