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Boat Type:C1   Boat Length:6'5"
Manufacturer:Drakkar   Boat Width:28"
Designer:Marko Hakolahti   Boat Volume:53 gal
Year:2003   Boat Weight:various
Material:Plastic   Boat Category:Rec
Primary Use:Rodeo   Cockpit Size:custom
Secondary Use:River running   Depth:
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Description:
VERY stable playboat. Fast for it's length, very forgiving and rolls easily. Downside is weight.
User Comment:
Very, VERY stable, and surprisely fast for such a short boat. Rolls easily. Great C1 specific playboat, and far superior to most conversions for a playboat.

From the Designer: The idea was to build an full performance hot-blooded freestyle race boat that would perform in all river conditions. The main focus was set to design an unmatched c-1 performance machine and combine it with balanced easy boating. The performance level was well introduced by some freestyle kayaks. There was also many bad examples around to tell me what I donít want to do. As the work was started at 1998 the design changed and generations of protos passed. After inventing new moves the boat always grew to meet the demands of days paddling. At 2005 the Drakkar Wheelboy stands for what it is mend to be. It is the one and the only C-1 freestyle boat that can take a challenge from any conversion and kayak. The volume distribution is c-1 specific and pretty center balanced. All volume is distributed egually around paddler and allows fastest wheeling in the world. just think about those figure skaters. The ends are not ment to cut cuukies and allow enough boyancy for big air moves. The deck is high especially behind the padlder to provide an extremely high buoyancy to keep paddlers body out of water and keep the boat jumping back on water features, This you will notice immediately as you stick on wave longer than others want to wait. (not good for crowded places like Hurley ? ) The Wheelboy is highly asymmetric design. Asymmetric hull gives a wide high buoyancy tail that will keep the paddler balanced on most cases when leaning back The bow is also long enough to compensate c-1 paddlers powerfull forward lean while stroking hard. Yet another feature very handy on river conditions too. You can focus on your strokes and not on your balance. The second handy play and river feature is the 3.rd hull that supports paddlers when boat is not planning. The round and forgiving shapes help to keep you head up on mushy eddies, boily lines and soft creamy foampiles. The Wheelboy is wide. The main plane is flat and wide and gives some good primary stability. Combining the stability of these 2 hulls makes the wheelboy more stable than any conversion. The plane area is large and rocker profile conservative. There is no need for higher rocker since c-1 boats can be controlled with weight transitions. The bow rocker has a slightly kick rockered blunt disk that will throw the boat in the air and allow buttbouncing. The kick has lower rocker angle than in many other design and does not sacrifice your forward speed. the lower angle has lower lift and that is made up with higher kick area. result is high blunts and way forward of the pile. the feature is especially useful for all wave moves like PanAmís, Misty-Flips and Airscrews and Donkey-flips. Plane-area is surrounded by slight secondary edge for extra forgivnes. The main plane disc is rockered to equal roundness to equalise water pressure under hull and keep boat performance loose and logic. The hull releases with slight drop of an edge and turning point is defined by paddlers center of weight. No extra effort is needed to spin the boat. Edges are well defined. The carving performance is good and 3rd hull helps to keep the boat balanced at edge. The secondary stability is good enough to carve on the offside too without keeping the blade on the water. The high hull speed is often needed in a C-1. The lack of blades and stroke power can be compensated with high hull speed. The wheelboy plane is fast because it is long, low rocker and stiff. The tail desing is low hang subswallow that releases in the cormers. sharp edges and smooth surface help a lot here. It works just like it is supposed to work. It is really fast and loose on a wave and does all the tricks nice and easy. It is comfortable and easy to paddle in all conditions. It is suprisingly good on play- rivers with good buoyancy and quite stable platform to stroke hard.

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