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Old 11-03-2010   #1
Rockville, Virginia
Paddling Since: 1998
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Need raft advice....

Ok...Im a east coast kayaker trying to replace my 10'6" achilles bucket, it got run over a the putin, if u can believe that! and no beers are to blame! looking at 2 boats...a 2000 10'8" hyside outfitter for $1500 and a 1998 12' hyside outfitter pro for $1600, both are self bailers, you central and west coasters seem to know your stuff about rafts. I have a frame to row it and I paddle with groups down my local river, which is the James in Richmond,Va...class II and III, IV at high water...WHICH ONE WOULD U GO FOR

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Old 11-03-2010   #2
Beaverton, Oregon
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All depends on the distance between rocks, water size and crew size. If your answer to those is smaller, go with the Hyside. If larger, go with the 12'. For reference, there is a lot of big water stuff out there I wouldn't consider in anything under 14'.
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Old 11-03-2010   #3
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12' but yes 14' is a good size. I have a 13' hyside and wish it was 14' but I got a hell of a deal so I can't complain.
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