Playboat for small/shallow features

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Playboat for small/shallow features

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What is the best boat for playing on small features and flat water. Don’t need huge air or pop, just to be able to make use of the smaller/shallower features found near me. I’m 5’7”, 11.5 stone, inseam 29”, size 10 flippers.

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Angus Robins wrote:
Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:45 am
to make use of the smaller/shallower features found near me.
Paddling pool in the back garden?
I caught myself semi-seriously wondering if I'd get away with a bit of rolling practice in my neighbour's fish pond this morning.

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Just for fun.



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Depends what you want to do.
Surf small waves and do spins and tailies - something a little longer and slicey like an ozone - but still short enough you can flat water cartwheel.
Or if you want to do hole-cartwheels, something shorter and more playboaty - i.e. Jed. They'll still surf little waves fine. Might be a bit less controllable on the tailies.

Basically, any small playboat / shorter river play boat sounds like it will do.
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Thanks @Poke
I was hoping to get back into boating this year after a fairly long break...my boat is a Necky Orbitfish. So, I was wondering what recent boats have passed muster and hoping to avoid buying something that’s only good on bigger water/features. Yep, would probably be spending a fair amount of time on the flat too.

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Orbit fish is a great boat! I've got a Necky Vibe sitting somewhere in the garage, which is a similar era. Since you have that, I wouldn't bother with updating to the likes of an Ozone, as it's essentially the same thing. If you want something shorter that you have a chance of flat water looping then you could check out some of the out-and-out playboats on the market, but if I were you I'd stick with the Orbit fish for a while - fairly sure you should be able to flat water cartwheel and bow stall that. Enjoy!
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