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next boat after dynamo.

Post by stonercanoe » Sun Dec 04, 2016 7:50 pm

Help needed! Got a young girl in the club and she is getting too big for her dagger dynamo. Too small for an adult boat. I was thinking the smallest Innazone would be a cheap option.
Any one got any opinions on a cheap small ww boat?
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Re: next boat after dynamo.

Post by Mark Dixon » Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:38 pm

We have a young paddler in our club that had his Dynamo from about 6 and started to outgrow it by aged 12/13 his parents bought a Veloc which he has mastered pretty well, hes 14 now and hes paddled the Erme and the Upper at good levels with his dad. Kids grow fast and I imagine if the girl in question is about to hit a similar age a fast growth spurt will be just around the corner so I'd suggest spending wisely or she could be putting a smaller boat up for sale pretty quickly after buying it.

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Re: next boat after dynamo.

Post by stonercanoe » Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:04 pm

Yeah exactly our thoughts!
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Post by Pyro » Mon Dec 05, 2016 4:13 pm

What about a GTS or GT? Should be able to pick one up cheap-ish online, would be a fairly logical follow on, a river runner rather than going for a small creek boat like the Veloc.
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Re: next boat after dynamo.

Post by John K » Mon Dec 05, 2016 4:45 pm

Axiom 6.9?

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Re: next boat after dynamo.

Post by mostly_upsidedown » Mon Dec 05, 2016 7:28 pm

Speaking here as someone who is 5ft 2 and 52kg.

Assuming secondhand because she's likely to grow some more; GTS and LL trigger both come up fairly frequently secondhand and are relatively cheap.

If she's looking for a new boat: Axiom 6.9, or small burn 3, but you'd be super lucky to get either secondhand. Mark 2 burn (small) is bigger again. Veloc felt quite big to me when i sat in one (felt bigger than small mark 2 burn).

Depends a bit how big her feet are and what her choice of footwear is (with size 6 palm gradients i can't get my feet into the GTS or the trigger, despite the rest of me fitting in just fine).

If she is paddling a dynamo and is too big for it she's presumably got to the stage where she's confident in something with a playful tail, so an inazone might be an option. Never sat in a small one, so can't comment on how it feels compared to the others above.

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Re: next boat after dynamo.

Post by gp.girl » Mon Dec 05, 2016 8:08 pm

Small Burn 3s do come up second hand, mines ex demo, great boat at 5ft 1 and 54kg. Not sure picking the smallest boat in the range is best as she will out grow it very quickly so GT intsead of GTS or Axiom 8.0 instead of 6.9 etc. Get demoing :)
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Post by John K » Mon Dec 05, 2016 8:32 pm

Fair point. The Axiom 6.9 isn't massively bigger than a Dynamo, but the 8.0 is quite a big step up.

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Re: next boat after dynamo.

Post by gp.girl » Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:10 pm

I used a 8.0 for a week its not that large. Foot room is limited and it didn't need much foam! I weigh more but she will probably be taller in a year or two and it's not unusual for scouts to be unable to fit in my boats.
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Post by mountain_bikerider » Tue Dec 06, 2016 7:11 pm

One of the girls in our club paddles a Jackson Little Hero cracking little boat. She is about 15 now and is just starting to get a bit big for it. Also consider the Jackson fun range depends on what type of paddling she is aiming at??

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Post by Kayak-Bloke » Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:23 pm

Wavesport Fuse comes in a good range of sizes. My 8 year old paddles one. Lovely outfitting and good price even when new.
Deceptively stable too.

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Re: next boat after dynamo.

Post by Robert Craig » Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:01 pm

GTS is a nice boat - that's what my club uses as next step from Dynamo

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Post by Garry » Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:44 am

We have a couple of small Jackson Hero's in our scout fleet for just this situation. The Dynamo is a good boat but most grow out of it around age 12/13 ish and need something bigger but then they grow fast so need to go bigger again very quickly! Small size creek boats like the hero or GTS etc seem to work for this intermediate period. The other option, depending on what they are interested in is to go for smaller size playboats. Generally more choice/availability in these but liable to get tail-squirted and pushed around more on bigger rivers. For some of our scouts though who do more playboating than river running that adds to the fun! (as long as the river is suitable)

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Re: next boat after dynamo.

Post by Robert Craig » Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:42 pm

We've found the same - children fit Dynamos for several years, but more quickly pass thought the GTS-sized stage

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Re: next boat after dynamo.

Post by Adrian Cooper » Fri Dec 09, 2016 4:37 pm

My son's are not tall and used the small Project to good effect

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Re: next boat after dynamo.

Post by Blonde Wendy » Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:59 pm

There's a lot of choice actually. In addition to what's been mentioned, if a Liquid Logic Remix 47, Jackson Fun 1.5, Pyranha i3 221 or Wavesport Siren appear, they're worth a look. Dagger Showdown?

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