Sort of New NC Paddler

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Sort of New NC Paddler

Post by bkebs » Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:05 pm

Quick background: I have been paddling since I was about 6. My Dad bought a Wenonah Echo in 1984 and started taking me out every weekend on the Little Miami River in Ohio.

I have paddled quite a bit of flat water and mello streams primarily in Wenonah canoes. I have never really needed anything with more than an inch of rocker until the last few years when I developed a taste for WW after moving to North Carolina near Winston-Salem.

Last summer I bought an old Dagger RPM and started learning the basics of rolls and braces... I dislocated my shoulder paddling towards the end of summer. This on top of a partial rotator cuff tear sidelined me for the fall season. I do not find a kayak paddle comfortable any more. I did paddle an old glass C1 a few times and enjoyed it. However, it had only a small foam saddle. With no skirt, it was limited to subdued paddling. I also paddled an outfitted 15 foot Whitesell. It is way too much canoe for what I am looking to do.

What I am looking for is a solid class 3 boat. Most of my paddling will be class1 and 2 with the occasional 3 thrown in. I often paddle up stream to a nice class 1 wave train to play and surf. I need to do this on the cheap. I have paddles and vests, helmets... all the usual stuff. I need a boat. I have thought about trying to convert the rpm or another old school yak. I would rather go with an open boat though.

So, please advise on boats to look for, places to look. I could sell the rpm to help finance, but want to stay as cheap as possible.

Here is one rapid I plan on paddling.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FKhvcAbHOU

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Post by Shep » Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:55 pm

Welcome to the club!
There are lots of good boats in the 12-13 foot range. Something stable like a Esquif Vertige, Mohawk XL-13 or Mohawk Probe-13 (formerly Probe 12, but NOT Probe 12-II) will get you through the occasional III/III+ just fine, but also be easier to paddle on flat-ish water. The XL-13 and Probe 13 (12) will probably be easier to find used for a good price.

Hope this helps!
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Post by bkebs » Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:59 pm

I was thinking about the xl13. But, a conversion looks like fun for some reason.

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Post by creek1r » Wed Mar 30, 2011 2:02 pm

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Post by Shep » Wed Mar 30, 2011 2:37 pm

If you are looking into C1's, there is a guy in TN selling a Cascade in the other section. That is a pretty confidence-inspiring ride as well.

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Post by bkebs » Sat Apr 09, 2011 9:28 pm

Just wanted to give a big thanks to creek1r. I went out to see him today and bought his Outrage. It was fun talking to someone who has so much experience. We talked boats, rivers, paddles and cars before I had to head out.

I can't wait to get on the water!

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