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Old 06-04-2013   #11
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Have always thought its more about the width of the boat then the length in these situations. Both in narrowness of slots and the ability to fully ship your oars, which gets harder with larger wingspan needed for wider rigs.

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Old 06-04-2013   #12
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I took my 16 ft Twin Tube cat down at 2500 cfs, ran Skull to the right. My starboard oar was pinned against the wall as my starboard bow tried to climb the wall and my port stern fell into Skull hole. The twin tube cats are a little wider than a single tube cat. WW is always fun, but it's not a beginner run at any level. If things go to Hell in a Handbasket in the inner canyon, what are you going to do? A beginner might flip in Funnel, SITM, or Last Chance. Or maybe highside on Shock Rock. Filter Plant, Upper C, Ruby/Horsethief all make great beginner runs.

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Old 06-04-2013   #13
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I am talking about Westwater beginner, not whitewater rafting beginner. Out of all the levels Westwater gives us, in my opinion 5k is the best to learn the rapids of Westwater on. Higher than that and you are facing with long swims, lower than that pins and wraps due to exposed rocks.

I figured since OP has two rafts and asking about WW, he must be an experienced rafter and new to WW....aka WW beginner

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