Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-18-2012   #1
MountainManJake's Avatar
Winter Park, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2008
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 29
should i keep this boat?

I'm a beginner kayaker making slow progress. I can roll, not bombproof but I dont really swim anymore, might take a few tries sometimes. I'm paddling a LiquidLogic CR250. My thoughts when buying it were, i wanna learn to surf and still run the river. Also it was a leftover from the previous year and i got a good deal. I know it would be easier to learn in a bigger boat, but I figure if i learn in my CR I'll be a better paddler in the long run. I thought I'd at least give it one more season, since i didnt really get out much on the water until last year. I mostly run the upper C right now, I'm a raft guide there and on Clear Creek. I feel like if I DO get a bigger boat, I might as well ditch the CR and get a play boat for surfing/playing.

So what are your thoughts? should I stick it out and wait to get a bigger boat when my skills are up and I want to run bigger water? Or should i make learning easier and get myself a bigger boat?

Thanks for reading!

MountainManJake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2012   #2
Dave Frank's Avatar
Boulder, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1995
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 2,727
That boat will be fine for learning on Upper C. save your $ and figure out what you really want. you don't need a bigger boat to facilitate learning, if anything, that would slow your learning down.

AS long as you're relatively comfy in it, just keep it.


(seven two 0)-298-2242
Dave Frank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2012   #3
Cphilli's Avatar
Copper Mountain, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2005
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 288
I learned to paddle in a Mr. Clean, what a great boat that was....

I think you should keep it and playboat a bunch. Learn to cartwheel and wavewheel. Practice bow stalls in the flat water and try catching tough eddies. Go to bv and paddle their park if the ark is over 700.
Cphilli is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2012   #4
norcal, California
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 101
Here's what I think about my CR125.
barcolounger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2012   #5
MountainManJake's Avatar
Winter Park, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2008
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 29
thanks for the reccomendations! I'll stick it out. definitely want to work on bow stalls/cartwheels. haven't tried too hard yet but so far initiating bow/stern isn't going too well. I've watched a couple videos, and I'm ready to give it another go. definitely need to be more on edge, and get a better forward paddle to get the bow up for the double pump. I have heard that the CR's higher volume makes it a little tricky to do this kind of stuff, but I've seen it done in alot bigger boats than mine so i guess its just cowboy up and practice practice practice.

thanks again,
MountainManJake is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Topic Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Creek boat vs River Running Boat? etnguppys Whitewater Kayaking 16 05-15-2009 02:26 PM
boat Q: 140lb 5/9" female wants fast boat she can throw River_Wench Kayaking | Gear Talk 3 04-25-2005 08:11 AM

» Classified Ads
2016 Dagger Axiom 9.0 (LG)

posted by atom

2016 Dagger Axiom 9.0 Used a handful of times. Great...

Dagger Mamba Creeker 7.6...

posted by Rendezvous River Sports


Wavesport Fuse 56...

posted by SummitSurfer

Wavesport Fuse 56 "Medium" barely used in great condition. ...

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:30 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.