It's probably been years since I last posted here, so great to see the forum alive and well.
I'm living in Eugene, Oregon now—the land of "See what? See one—is that what you said? What is that???"
Due to life obligations, I've paddled almost none since moving out west (from West Virginia) and I'm missing it!
I still have my slalom C-1 (A Zealot, circa 1996) which is in decent condition—but dammit (and I knew this would happen sooner or later) it's too uncomfortable to paddle only occasionally. Sure, if I started paddling several times a week I'd stretch my ankles and knees out again...but that's not likely to happen.
I also have an ancient Perception Slasher, which is a little more comfortable...though I dunno how much longer the plastic hull will hold up before spontaneously dissolving back into its original powdered form, LOL.
At best, I figure I might be able to get out on the river once a week...maybe only a few times a month (though hopefully more during the summer). So I'm starting to think about roomier options that won't kill my ankles. Oh, and did I say I'm too broke right now to afford something like a River Elf? (Beautiful boats, but I'm on a tight budget these days.) So I'm just curious to see what the "latest" (read: new/old) options are still around for kayak-to-C-1 conversions?
I'm just assuming (though might be wrong) that nobody is actually making a plastic C-1 these days—and also assuming there are only a few small shops making glass boats (the Soileau brothers, Millbrook Boats, etc.). this is why I'm pondering a plastic kayak-to-C-1 conversion.
I was prompted to post this when I noticed a local used sporting goods gear store had an old New Wave Quantum kayak for sale ($220). I like the look of the design—very long, fast, and slalom-boatish, which is what I want.
I'm also wondering about a Dagger Green Boat conversion—anyone know if that's been done? The Green Boat seems long enough that it would fit the bill for hull speed.
With respect to all the playboaters out there today, I'm still a diehard slalom boater to the core—meaning I refuse to paddle a "clorox bottle" boat that's 5 feet long and has zero hull speed.
I'm too old to run steep creeks these days, so all I'm looking at doing is slalom-style moves on bigger class 2-3 rivers.
Anyway, hello to Neal, Adam, and anyone else still around who remembers me! LOL