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Old 04-26-2010   #1
 
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Beginner Kayaker looking for a boat, Help!

Hey everyone! I have wanted a whitewater yak for a while now. I finally decided to sell my recreational for a whitewater. I found a couple used on Craigslist but can't figure out which one is right for me.

I plan on doing river and creek runs but the ones I will be most often running have a lot of slow parts so I am having a tough time deciding. I am 5'9 145 lbs about.

The one I am mainly considering is a Wavesport EZ. It is for sale for $300.

I also found a Pyranha Inazone 230 ($300)
Riot Booster 55 ($600 but comes with paddle, skirt, helmet)
Dagger Showdown ($300 comes with paddle, might be too small for me?)
and this one...
White Water Kayak
Not really sure what it is other than a perception?

Hope you can help, I am so lost with creekers, playboats, river runners, freestyle, I have no idea what to be looking for. Thanks, can't wait to get on the rivers!

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Rubicon I have an h3 245 I'd be willing to part with for $300. You can call if interested 303 902 6690.
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I've got a Pyranha s8...Its a hybrid river runner/playboat for $150

I am 145 and 5'10" and learned in this boat. I haven't posted pics yet though.
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I have a liquid logic "Scooter" that I would let go for $250. a bit more playboat but my wife did shoshone with it for 2 years as a river runner and loved it...
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Old 04-26-2010   #5
 
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Hey guys, appreciate the offers. they all sound great but I live in Buffalo, NY. I'm more looking for the good/bad on the boats I listed above. Sorry, the title does make it confusing.
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You should look at hitting up the Beaver River Rendevue over Labor day and check out the Raquett (Upper Stone Valley) too on that weekend. Great times, great area, and what a set whitewater gems..... NY WW is fun, good luck,and as everyone says " .......your only between swims" .
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So I guess the EZ sold already. Really bummed, which of those other boats would you guys recommend.

Thanks jboats, I sent you a pm.
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I'd go with the Inazone. It's a relatively stable boat with enough play to get you well into your second season, and the size is about right for your build. It's not a creeker, but you're likely a few years away from runs like those. Plus it's only $250 after you talk them down

Stay away from the Mr. Clean (the Perception) -it would be a hard boat to learn in.
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