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Boat Type:C1   Boat Length:11'6"
Manufacturer:Millbrook   Boat Width:28"
Designer:Unknown   Boat Volume:various
Year:unknown   Boat Weight:26lbs
Material:Composite   Boat Category:Rec
Primary Use:River running   Cockpit Size:?
Secondary Use:   Depth:
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Description:
Stable boat for larger paddlers
User Comment:
Special Thanks to Gary DeBacher for the above images and commentary!

My Wide Ride was bought used from Don George, who had used it quite a bit on the Ocoee and Chattooga 4 until he got an Atom. Don is smaller and trimmer than I am, and perhaps did not need the Wide Ride's capacity. Anyway, the boat had not been broken through, and had only some surface breaks in the S-glass toward the stern. The Wide Ride is quite stiff, and meets its design weight of about 27 pounds with walls and seat installed. The inside of the boat is quite clean and smooth, although I can't discern the telltale signs of vacuum-bagging, a procedure Millbrook offers as an option on some boats. The Wide Ride starts with a somewhat rounded front end for speed, and quickly broadens into a flattish arch which continues into the stern. There are rounded chines which slant outward a bit. The boat has relatively little initial stability, not as much as my old Phoenix, much less my Zealot. However, as the boat is tilted, the secondary stability is quite good. The pictures show that the Wide Ride carries a 215 lb paddler with capacity to spare, and leaning way forward or back will not douse the ends. While the stern is not particularly slim, it is possible to slice the stern under with the usual techniques. This is not just an old man's boat, and I have been surprised at how well the Wide Ride will do on an easy slalom course. It is quite easy to manage and seems not to have any vices. I have not yet had the boat on significant whitewater, because soon after buying it, I gronked a knee and could not kneel in any of my c-boats for a time. I'll add a report when I have used the boat as it should be used.

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