*bit of fun* What was the best boat you have ever paddled

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*bit of fun* What was the best boat you have ever paddled

Post by waynebrown » Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:50 am

bit of a fun thread for you all, im curious as to what the best boat you ever paddled was and why

mine has to be the original S:6 190, i had two of these and could do most of the current tricks in it quite comfortably, my first was a lime green 190 which i put a huge hole into on the river rhonnda and then i bought a new orange (jaffa) 190 which i had until a few months ago until i sold it after falling in love with a jackson allstar which im currently saving for

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Post by mosspod » Tue Sep 28, 2010 6:46 am

Sub 7-2

Best boat ever .

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Post by davebrads » Tue Sep 28, 2010 7:11 am

Well it has to be my Martikan slalom C1, but the second best was my daughter's Sub 7 1 ball.

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Post by Grumpy old man » Tue Sep 28, 2010 7:21 am

Hi
My Space Cadet, the greatest boat ever :-)

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Post by SwamP » Tue Sep 28, 2010 7:49 am

Prijon LUV and Dagger CFS....also liked the S6f though
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Post by justin-g » Tue Sep 28, 2010 8:39 am

For me it's the Acrobat 270! When it first came out it was a total revolution (well everything apart fromt he double concave hull). I had been paddling long boats like roto bats etc and out came this thing you could cartwheel, surf, creek and splat in. I really think it moved the needle in terms of boat design.

Worst boat i ever paddled - equal spilt between a Phyrana razor and a pro zone - dam diggly they were carp!
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Post by Poke » Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:02 am

Inazone 230 - for the same reason Justin liked the Acro. I used it as a creekboat on numerous trips to Wales, took it playboating in Uganda, first descents in Kenya, ran grade 5 in it in Peru,. Learned to cartwheel, blunt, bowstall in it. Even got my first nu-skool loop in it. Freaking awesome boat.

Only swam from it once in the four years I paddled it – and in doing so wrote it off (Glaslyn gorge, high water, no airbags).
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Post by TheKrikkitWars » Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:12 am

Big Dog Force-Turret, with the Meltdown as close second.
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Post by Pam Bell » Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:22 pm

Olymp IV

It was the first boat I owned, and for a long time it was my only boat. I paddled all my first white-water rivers in it, made a skeg for it and did a lot of sea paddling, including some multi-day camping trips, competed in several slaloms and did some surfing. After I started buying specialist boats, I kept the Olymp, and I was still paddling it regularly up to the time I took my Inland Kayak SI. The Olymp was the obvious choice of kayak to use, although shorter plastic kayaks were the 'norm' by then - and it saw me through!

It's about time I took it out again...

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Post by Pete C. » Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:56 pm

I paddled one of the epoxy carbon-kevlar prototypes of the Prijon Delirious and was blown away by the responsiveness and forgiveness of a composite playboat. I was ready to buy one there and then, but no-one was willing to sell it to me!

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Post by garya » Tue Sep 28, 2010 1:47 pm

Topo duo every-time

Doing everything with two people is way more fun as this lady found out.

http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/foru ... =3&t=68418

We use them at the club for beginners on white water and to demo to new paddlers just how much edge you can get in a turn, and how effective support strokes can be. We usually get the same sort of reactions too.

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Post by Mission » Tue Sep 28, 2010 1:56 pm

C1 WWR

Such a challenge to paddle, but feels amazing when you have it going properly.

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Post by Strad » Tue Sep 28, 2010 2:05 pm

I would have to support my sig, the AQII, when it came out it just worked for me in a way that no other boat in the market did, huge move from a mountain bat, and it was lovely to paddle.

Hopefully once the fatboy version comes out I will be able to say the Varun.....
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Post by Bod » Tue Sep 28, 2010 3:17 pm

I thought I was going to say Rotobat, because I did most of 'my' first descents in one, it could have been the Seven-0 which I still love, but in the end the Acrobat wins. The best all-round boat ever (until the Inazone - but I never owned one of those!).

I had an AQII for a summer. Boy it was slow, despite the 'acceleration grooves' in the hull but the pop-outs were undoubtedly the biggest ever.
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Post by DaveBland » Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:19 pm

Aas above. Rotobat as I did most of my paddling in one. Acrobat as it was the first of a new style of boat.

... but my absolute fave was my old Kevlar Premier II I got from Pyranha. It was Albert Kerr's old training boat and you could lift it with one finger. I'm guessing about 13lbs. I used it on everything until it died. It had no ends left, but that helped. How I miss light boats...

Where's all the love coming from for the Seven-0. I paddled one the other week and it was the biggest donkey of a boat ever. Could not keep the nose from digging in... but maybe that says more about my playboating skills than the boat.
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Post by Jim » Wed Sep 29, 2010 12:45 am

Riot glide.
Best boat in the world ever.
Only problem is that I have to dislocate both ankles to get in. Er and lose about 20 kgs.

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Post by Randy Fandango » Wed Sep 29, 2010 6:27 am

Pyranha stunt bat. I had one in hot pink and it totally looked the shizzle. THE SHIZZLE I tell you!!
It was such a leap forwards from the rotobat I paddled before and was the boat I used when my boating exploded away from runs like the Loop to runs like Dartmeet and the East Lyn.
Then when they came out I loved both the Acro 270 (except that weak double concave hull which used to split so easily) and the Inazone 230. I still have one of each of those and my dad has my stuntbat.
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Post by TwoHats » Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:46 am

Jim wrote:Riot glide.
Best boat in the world ever.
Only problem is that I have to dislocate both ankles to get in. Er and lose about 20 kgs.
I'd say exactly the opposite about The Glide.
It's without doubt the worst boat I ever owned.
I absolutely hated mine and only kept it a few months.
however i can see why other people loved it.
My favourite was a Riot Booster 55.
It was just so much fun and I ran some pretty good stuff in it as well as it being an out and out surf machine.

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Post by cathalferris » Wed Sep 29, 2010 3:25 pm

For me it's a tie, between a Mark Downey Special squirt boat (requested for 10.5st, floated 14st..) and the Riot Glide

I sold my first boat (Pyranha rotobat) and I got the squirt boat. Steep learning curve, fun boat on grade 3 rivers for sure, great in surf. Really stepped up my skill level to stay alive in it ;) Learning to blast/squirt/splat was all so much fun.

The Uni of Limerick kayak club purchased a Glide about 6 months after that boat was released. That boat allowed me to learn how to double-pump, spin and to do things that I had only dreamed about.. I was 5ft 9, 11.5st and size 12 feet and I found it really comfortable for some odd reason. It was actually a nice boat to take on grade 3+/4 rivers in Wales such as the Vyrnwy or the Conway. Many good memories in that boat. I think it was the best boat as it opened up so much possibility that didn't exist previously as the boat design got in the way. I think that a lot of people spent a lot of time watching "Searching for the GSpot" over and over to get the tips and tricks :D
That Glide is still an active boat in the club - the waffle pattern is still fairly good, and there are still no holes in it. Bit heavy though!

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Post by Mission » Wed Sep 29, 2010 3:36 pm

cathalferris wrote:For me it's a tie, between a Mark Downey Special squirt boat (requested for 10.5st, floated 14st..) and the Riot Glide
On a completely unrelated note is that the blue/white chopped down projet? Think ive actually paddled it! Its still going strong though needs reseamed.

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Post by cathalferris » Wed Sep 29, 2010 5:45 pm

Mission wrote:On a completely unrelated note is that the blue/white chopped down projet? Think ive actually paddled it! Its still going strong though needs reseamed.
Mine was a multicoloured boat, and I still have it, and yes it does need to be reseamed. However, I might actually be at the correct weight for it to be a true squirtboat. I did have to get it re-cut as it floated about 5 degrees down-nose, and the guys had to put the boat in the paddle press to get the back to squash enough!

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Post by clarky999 » Wed Sep 29, 2010 9:11 pm

Seven-0

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Post by maxandtheletter7 » Wed Sep 29, 2010 9:14 pm

Bliss-stick RAD 175 <3


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Post by roo » Thu Sep 30, 2010 8:15 am

Bliss-stick Blitz for most fun in the most places and the most comfort.

Topo-Duo for the most fun - "Shall we bosh him? "........"Yep, lets bosh him." *BOSH*

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Post by flea » Thu Sep 30, 2010 12:09 pm

Dagger Kingpin: not particularly radical but very easy to paddle, forgiving and helped me obtain 4 years worth of freestyle medals.

Although I also liked the Wavesport triple X, it was a revolution for female freestyle paddlers and was the first boat I could actually control vertical moves in.

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Post by John Kennedy » Thu Sep 30, 2010 12:25 pm

A Forplay, I learned to cartwheel in it. I think the longer the boat, the more graceful and elegant cartwheels look.
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Post by andy i » Thu Sep 30, 2010 8:22 pm

It has to be a Necky Orbit Fish. It's about the very best play boat that has ever been made. It's so good that I have two.

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