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Old 09-22-2009   #1
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boat choice for westwater

i have a downriver plahyboat and a creekboat and wondering what to take on westwater this weekend. is the play any good? i know there is a ton of flatwater. my playboat isn't super comfortable, so would prefer the creekboat for that, but if the play is the main excitement, might choose that. any thoughts?

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Old 09-22-2009   #2
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Play is better at lower water so would recommend playboat, but its a long paddle out (unless you can hop on a raft). Maybe demo that new comfortable playboat you have been looking at - otherwise pick your poison. Comfortable and no play, or fun and numb....
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Old 09-22-2009   #3
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Little D is such a fun feature. That alone is worth bringing a playboat for. Most of the flatwater is lake flat so if you're hurting you can just pull your legs out of the cockpit and lounge the rest of the way out. Of course hooking onto a raft is ideal, and probably not hard.

Also go buy a comfortable playboat. I jammed my feet into the bow of a boat for a couple years and that was just stupid. There are lots of great comfortable playboats out there now.
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Old 09-22-2009   #4
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bring your playboat or you will be bored out of your skull...well, depending on your level of sobriety, that is.
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I am using my Ocoee this weekend for my first run down Westwater!
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