What boat should I get?
Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:57 pm
Hi everyone need some help here! I haven't been paddling lots recently but I'm going to start a bit more frequently now. I am probably going to be paddling 3 out of 4 times on flat water and when the Olympic course opens up again in September I'll probably be paddling there once a month (on the legacy to start with and then possibly the Olympic course, I'll see how I go!). And at the moment 2 or 3 times on trips to rivers like the dee and possibly rivers like the derwent and wye if I was helping instruct, however this could change and I might start going on long day paddles on white water rivers a tiny bit more often if I join a club (maybe). I've been paddling for 10 years now (since I was 4) and have achieved my 3 star white water (and hoping to maybe to some more instructors stuff in the next few years). I now have a Pyranha Varun M but I only weigh 65kg and am 6ft 1 ish (big problem - the boat is either to small but the right volume or the right size but to big a volume which hugely restricts the play boating abilities of the boat). I was thinking of maybe getting into creeking/river running but the rivers around the Tunbridge Wells area are either flat or have small playspots (there are no big enough rivers or long enough to spend money on a full creeking machine considering I probably will not be going abroad to paddle big rivers). Before this idea I considered freestyle but I'm not totally sure it is definitely for me, however it looks fun and when I tried a bit in the jackson 2fun (which was a bit too small or could prove to be in later months) freestyle seemed okay. Freestyle seems a good option but that sort of boat could mess you around on river trips or on the Olympic course. I need a boat(s) that would be okay for play spots, white water courses, the occasional river trip to the dee or maybe something bigger but mostly for flat water at the moment, I need something fun for all of those however I'm not sure what I like - creeking or freestyle. All I have at the moment is the money I would get from from the varun, should I sell or not and if so what boat or boats should I get??