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Old 05-23-2011   #11
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My lady prefers the small Pyranha Burn.

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Old 05-23-2011   #12
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I bet she does!!!!

Ok sorry for that, it was inappropriate, FUNNY but that still doesn't make it right. I couldn't resist!

"Lord, I apologize for that right there and be with the pigmy's in Africa amen".


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Old 05-23-2011   #13
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Fluid solo///awesome creeker...I prefer the hybrid hull design better than just a displacement hull.
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Old 05-24-2011   #14
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For a starter boat, I'd go with the Jackson Hero. It has enough volume to get on the creeks, but it is much more primary stable than the Villain. It also turns and eddies much better. The Villain is a tough boat to use until you are at least halfway decent because of the power and the tending it requires.
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Old 05-24-2011   #15
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Man, all y'all are awesome, thanks for all the input, I'll definitely keep referring back to this when we're out checking some boats.
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Old 05-24-2011   #16
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I found the Huka hard to control; it's also a fairly outdated design.

I have a Prijon Pure, but she doesn't want that boat. It's too big, too quick, and too hard to control if you're just starting out.
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Old 05-24-2011   #17
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I ended up learning in a Villain because I found a good deal on a used demo and also because I read great reviews of it. I demo'd it at a roll class and was able to roll it easily, so I was sold. It has performed well for me as I progress. I'm still using it in mostly class III stuff but plan on getting a river play boat in addition to the Villain.
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Old 05-24-2011   #18
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If you are just learning to paddle you will want a planning hull. Displacement hulls are better for class 5 creeking, but I doubt your gf will be raging Cherry Bombs anytime soon.

Planning hall designs Remix, Hero, Mamba, diesel just to name a few. Hero seems to be the best choice for a beginner, but it is total hole bait.

Displacement hulls designs Jefe, Nomad, Habitat, Villain, Pure.

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