Aire Lynx I & Outfitter I
Anybody have experience with both of these? Any sense of how they perform differently/same?
Background: I have a Lynx I and have run the Snake River Canyon in Wyoming (south of Jackson, north of Alpine) maybe 15 times, though never at huge water. I tried an Outfitter yesterday. The first thing I noticed was that it turns on a dime (1 stroke = 180 degrees easily) much like the Lynx. That was good -- I was wondering about the Outfitter's maneuverability. It did seem to get pushed around a little more by the waves. However, lately I have been mostly in a tandem Hyside with my GF, so I can't say for sure it was getting pushed around more than the Lynx, but I thought so.
So, I have never flipped in the Lynx I, but flipped yesterday in the Outfitter (in the waves river left of Taco Hole for those of you who might know). Without more experience with the Outfitter, it is hard to say if this was just coincidence and had nothing to do with the boats (could have been a momentary loss of focus, getting too sideways to the waves coming in from the left, not instinctively highsiding, etc.) -- I did expect the Outfitter to be ridiculously stable so I was surprised!
I would love to hear from folks with experience with both boats (any reason for the Outfitter to be more flip prone than the Lynx? -- how would larger tubes effect performance?
Lynx I, 11 inch tubes, 10'2" x 37", 6.4' waterlin, 32lbs.
Outfitter I, 12.5" tubes, 9'11" x 40", 5.75' waterline, 36lbs.
(Just an aside, one thing I did notice with the Outfitter on the ground is that the side tubes didn't touch the ground -- I could get a flat hand on the ground and slap up to the tube bottom -- maybe there was room for two flat hands -- I am a novice, but this seems like it would contribute to the wider boat being maneuverable -- the side tubes not being as deep in the water as the floor?)