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Old 09-15-2011   #1
St. Pete Beach, Florida
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I am looking at getting a Jackson 2 Fun. I know whitewater kayaks (especially playboats) are harder to paddle in flat water because there slower. How much slower are they then say a recreational kayak? Can you even paddle them in the ocean (Intercoastal w.w. not huge waves far away from shore)? I love the 2 Fun for river running I just don't know if its worth it.

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Old 09-15-2011   #2
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Boulder, Colorado
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I think paddling a playboat in any condition that is essentially flat water or worse yet with a headwind will be annoying to the point of not wanting to do it with any regularity.
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Old 09-15-2011   #3
Haley Station, Ontario
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I agree with KSC on this one. Playboats are great for waves and holes but any long (more than about 500M for me) it's way too annoying. That being said I paddle my playboat in the ocean when I get the chance but just to surf the waves, not tour around.

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Old 09-16-2011   #4
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Here's a video of some kayakers in California paddling out to Anacapa Island. One is in a Jackson Fun

Kayaking to, around, & back from Anacapa, Channel Islands - YouTube
"Let us cross the river to the other side and rest beneath the shade of the trees." ~ Last words of Thomas Jonathan ''Stonewall' Jackson
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Old 09-16-2011   #5
Denver, Colorado
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You may want two boats,one for rivers and ocean play and another for touring.Paddling the intercoastal in a short boat would get pretty tedious,except for the cool birds.I paddled around Pas a Grille once when it was windy. On the ocean side there weren't really big waves but pretty rough choppy waves.At times it was hard to stay upright in an ocean sit on top,had to keep momentum and brace a lot! That is right by you and could be fun in a playboat. i hear there are alot of sharks around there though .My buddies that surf down there were all about going over to Daytona when the surf was up,good waves for Florida ,could be fun play.
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Old 09-16-2011   #6
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You could go over by that nuclear plant by Ruskin and learn to do bow stalls and flat water cartwheels with the manatees.
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