How Bad Will My Boat Kick my Butt?
OK, I may have jumped the gun a bit. I've been out of whitewater for more than 5 years and I've been itching to get back in. I didn't really spend that much time on WW in the past so I was never particularly good. I still do touring paddling on local lakes, but my skills are lacking. My roll wasn't exactly bomber even back in the day, and it's nonexistent now.
I'm a little strapped for cash, so when I found a Dagger Ultrafuge for cheap, I brought it home. I remembered the Ultrafuge being bigger than the Centrifuge...but I was wrong.
I'm 5'8 and about 180 with 9.5 shoes. I'm working on the weight, but I'm still a fair amount over the recommended max weight of 150.
I paddled it today on a local lake while the wind was kicking 20mph or so. Continuous waves 12"-18". I had a great time and never felt uncomfortable in the boat, but I could tell I was riding a bit low.
So how bad will this thing kick my but if I take it on the river? I'm not in much of a position to buy something else, and I haven't seen anything even close to this low of a price. Should I cut my losses? Will it impact my ability to improve?
All advice is appreciated.
:) Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time. --Victor Hugo