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Old 06-03-2011   #1
Winder, Georgia
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Boat shrunk?

Or maybe I grew?

Have had a Dagger Redline for quite some time, and it used to fit me ok. Had shoulder surgery so the boat ended up sitting for a few years, and when I got it out the other day my hips were in agony after just a few minutes. Tried to tough it out but no joy. Pulled the thigh brace rigging out and it was still tight tight tight, felt like a chicken getting it's thigh pulled off the hip when I put my legs stuck under the braces. I'm only about 5 lbs heavier than I used to be, and actually in much better condition. I'm 45 now, 180 lbs and 5' 9". Suggestions? (this can include trash the vintage boat, but it has to result in a more comfy arrangement).

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Old 06-03-2011   #2
North Bend, Washington
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Sounds like your body proportions changed.

A little more muscular in one place that wasn't before adds bulk (unless you're pulling our chain and that "bulk" is of the more soft and squishy variety).

So yes- you grew....

Prob best to get something that fits your new body shape that won't keep you in agony.
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Old 06-03-2011   #3
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Redline never had much room for your legs and keeps them very straight. Ditch it and get a modern boat.
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Old 06-03-2011   #4
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Have to agree with Kendi but also point out that muscle is more dense than fat...Adding 5 lbs of muscle to the hip area will not increase girth as much as adding 5 lbs of fat, which is more likely.

Given that explanation...I think your boat shrank!

In case any feelings were is a nice hip exercise video for you:

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Old 06-03-2011   #5
Haley Station, Ontario
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It could also just be the fact your body hasn't been in that position for a long time. Try warming up the lower body then stretching for twenty minutes before hopping in. I'd also say that older boats seem less comfortable (at least to me anyway) then the newer ones so it might be the perfect excuse to go buy another.

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Old 06-04-2011   #6
Winder, Georgia
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If anything my thighs are more muscular, I quit smoking a few years ago and started working out. What is a modern boat that's an equivalent of the Redline? Functionally that boat suits the sort of paddling I do.
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