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Old 09-01-2004   #1
 
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Waterfall question

Will a RPM Max handle a 15 foot drop off a fall into a nice, fairly deep pool or is the lack of any significant stern volume going to be a prob?

I am new to running waterfalls, especially @ this height, and this is a good one to learn on, as there is no dangerous recirculation at the base. I just don't want to piton off the bottom and break my foot brace (or worse - my ankles) because my boat lacked the needed volume.

Any tips before I head out and make a fool of myself?

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the RPM is strictly a river running boat and should never be used for waterfall running!! you'll be putting yourself at major risk by attempting such a stunt. just kidding. you should be fine.

but i do recommend the following:

#1 - tell me where this spot is! - he he
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Just remember the RPM is long and pointy. It is made to go THROUGH waves, not so much over them. This means that the boat will go fairly deep into the pool at the bottom of your fall. My advise is to be sure the pool is at least as deep as your bow (measered from the tip to your waist) is long. That way if you do piton you will have been cushioned some and it shouldn't hurt too bad.
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If you want to get into creeking I would recommend buying a creek boat. You don't want a tricycle for single track...you want the best tool for the job. Creek boats work better on waterfalls because they are designed for them and are therefore more forgiving. That said the risks of running a waterfall of any size are pretty comparable (you might be fine, get hurt, or die), regardless of the boat you are in. The skill level required is what varies between boats.
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So where is this again? :P
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If you want to get into creeking I would recommend buying a creek boat.
Not really my thing - not now anyway. This isn't on any steep creek, just a central TX spring fed river. Lots of 72 degree water year round.

Anybody familiar with the San Marcos R. probably knows the waterfall.

I've jumped into the base of the fall from about 20-25 feet up, and the bottom is good (not the first person to test this out BTW).

I sounds like it is deep enough that pitoning might not be an issue. I just haven't taken quite that high a drop yet so I wasn't sure. There is also more than enough water on the lip for the paddle to grab before the boat goes over. Hopefully I find my angle on the first try.
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went over it in June, several in our group had all types of boats and there was one rmp, no problem, also if Gary E. said its ok, then go for it.
I have read this buzz for years and he is never wrong. I don't know him.
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