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Old 10-08-2011   #1
 
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Piranha Micro 230.. Any info?

Hey All,

New to ww kayaking, and I've been on the lookout for a beginner boat on a budget. Ended up grabbing a Piranha Micro 230 off a craigslist ad for dirt cheap, figured even tho it looked old, Piranha's pretty reputable.

Problem is, I can find next to nothing online about this boat! Eddyflower has a description, but no reviews.

Anyone have experience with a Micro? Did I buy a decent beginner boat to river run class 2+/3 and master my roll, or did I buy a hunk of scrap plastic??

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You'll be fine as long as you fit. It was the smallest of the micro series, 230,240,250.

It is a creek boat with a displacement hull with very rounded edges. It will be stable but will not carve or surf well. It will get you started, but you'll likely want a play boat with some edges to it to learn how to surf and squirt.
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You'll be fine as long as you fit. It was the smallest of the micro series, 230,240,250.

It is a creek boat with a displacement hull with very rounded edges. It will be stable but will not carve or surf well. It will get you started, but you'll likely want a play boat with some edges to it to learn how to surf and squirt.
Cool, thanks. If it's too small for me (5'10", 175lbs), it'll def fit my wife (5'4", 120).

I figure a season in a boring, stable beginner boat would be better than starting off with a brand new rig (like learning to drive in a civic vs a ferrari).
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Dont confuse stable with boring, some of the hardest runs have been run in a Micro. Its an older design but is a fine boat.
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The 240 was my first Creeker. It was, and still is a Good Boat. Nice Score.
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Picked up a Wave Sport XXX the same day. Too small for me, but maybe a good surfer for my wife.. I was gonna pass but the dude took $20 for it.

I prefer "thrifty" over "cheapskate". Just don't want to sacrifice my learning curve for a deal on a crap boat.
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The micro 230 will be a great boat for your wife. Easy to roll, very forgiving, and comfy. 120 lbs is the ideal weight for that boat.
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The micro 230 will be a great boat for your wife. Easy to roll, very forgiving, and comfy. 120 lbs is the ideal weight for that boat.
I'm a 115 lb beginner with a hand-me-down Micro 230, and I just love the boat. It's a stable, forgiving, confidence-inspiring boat. I've tried a bunch of different boats, and it is the easiest to roll by far. I've started getting combat rolls in it up to class III.
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The Micro series were great boats. I had a 240 and ran a ton of stuff in it. Lime, Embudo, Vallecito, OBJ etc.. one of my all time fav's. Clay Wright and BJ Johnson rode them for years. They are round creek boat but do have a chine you engage by leaning forward in the cockpit. I say you got yourself a good starter boat.
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