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Old 09-17-2011   #1
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Gear advice?

I'm wanna start out trying some whitewater kayaking this upcoming season and I'm looking at some Kayla and one I'm interested in is the fuse 48. Is it good? Is it playful in the water? Because that is one thing I am interested in. Will it be stable? Any other kayak suggestions or good places to buy used ( I need them shipped not much kayaking here in Ohio)

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Old 09-18-2011   #2
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the fuse is a good river running playboat. It will be fun for a beginner on class II & III. you will need some time in that boat before you could paddle the IV's. It is fun to paddle around on lakes and flatwater too, but it is not designed for many miles of it.
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Old 09-19-2011   #3
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Check out Colorado Kayak Supplies' website. They have used boats and will ship, as well as some really good information about the different types of kayaks out there, and what the different specific designs perform best is the info and a little video:

CKS| Whitewater Kayaks: Rodeo/Freestyle Kayaks, Free Running Kayaks, River Running Kayaks, Creeking Kayaks

and here is their current selection of used boats:

CKS| Used Kayak Sale

There is also a "SWAP" tab at the top of this page where kayakers from this forum sell and trade used gear. Most people on there won't be interested in shipping to Ohio...but you never know unless you ask...
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The Fuse is a good compromise of playful and stable. Just so you understand, playful and stable are on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to boat design. The Fuse is quite boring when it comes to play boats, but that is good when starting out.
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Old 09-19-2011   #5
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Is there any other boats that are more playful but I could still handle as a beginner i want to have this boat a couple years so i dont want to have to switch i want to try some harder things.the hardest river I would be doing is lower yough
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Old 09-19-2011   #6
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How about the biscuit 55 I am a Lil small for it would that be a problem?
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Old 09-19-2011   #7
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Dude! You need a kayak shipped? You have a whitewater dealer offering a sale on Jackson kayaks this month only 1.5 hours from you! They are in Dayton, OH. Check out thier website Welcome to Whitewater Warehouse - Home Sounds like you can get all your questions answered there. Which type of boating you want to do will greatly effect which boat you will want. Looks like they take alot of trips and offer classes, go take a class! And it looks like they offer demos so try a bunch of boats out to see what you like!

Also check out American Whitewater for WW rivers in your state. American Whitewater - OH State Rivers
Count your blessings because you have a hell of alot more WW rivers in OH than here in IA and you're alot closer to some awesome rivers!

Also check out this ohio club, not sure if you have to register to post or what, but might be worth a look. Dayton Outdoor Adventure Club • Index page

If you're wanting to mostly playboat, I'd get a Jackson Star or Rock Star series. If you dont want to play at all, get a river runner like the Jackson Hero. If you want to run rivers and mabe play a little, go with the Jackson Fun series. All are great boats! I wanted to mainly playboat, so I started with the smallest playboat I could fit in!

Also, you might try the google search engine some time, you can find a ton of information just by typing in "ohio whitewater kayaking"

Good look and have fun!
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