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Old 06-13-2010   #1
 
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My first Slalom boat

I was wondering if this (Composite Slalom Kayak - Double Dutch) is a good slalom boat for the price?

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See if you can paddle it before buying. If it paddles well then I'd imagine $300 isn't bad. Just beware of excessive UV damage.
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See if you can paddle it before buying. If it paddles well then I'd imagine $300 isn't bad. Just beware of excessive UV damage.
what do you mean UV damage?
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If it's been left in the sun for extended periods then epoxy will deteriorate. Most epoxies have ultraviolet inhibitors but they can only protect so much. Push on the bottom and top and see if it flexes or crackles.
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If a composite boat spends too much time in the sun, the resin/fabric will degrade and become weaker. Check the seams and patch jobs. If they're crumbly or weak, don't paddle it in dangerous water as it could break on you.

Obviously, make sure you fit within the size range prescribed in the ad.

Also, the dimension requirements have changed since this boat was built. It's an old, obsolete design—longer and less nimble than modern slalom boats. You might consider working with someone who has glasswork experience to chop it down to the modern length.

Have fun. It will make you a better paddler.
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What he said.
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If a composite boat spends too much time in the sun, the resin/fabric will degrade and become weaker. Check the seams and patch jobs. If they're crumbly or weak, don't paddle it in dangerous water as it could break on you.

Obviously, make sure you fit within the size range prescribed in the ad.

Also, the dimension requirements have changed since this boat was built. It's an old, obsolete designólonger and less nimble than modern slalom boats. You might consider working with someone who has glasswork experience to chop it down to the modern length.

Have fun. It will make you a better paddler.
Would it be better to get one of the newer ones within the dimension? If so, what are some good slalom companies?
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Is Galasport a good slalom company?
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The Double Dutch is played -- kevlar is a golden color until it hit excessive sun (uv) exposure. So notice how brown it is, and you'll find it's not worth 50 bucks unfortunately.

Galasport makes fine boats.

As the other post indicate, the new slalom regulations (from the old 4 meter/13' 2") will make a boat much more playful and user friendly in today's courses, which are designed around the newer boat spec.

check out Kayaks Canoes and get a hold of John Brennan down in Durango (start with 4 corners riversports)

hope this helps.
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