September 10, 2007 at 9:14 pm #4785BobbieParticipant
The polls are still open, but I’m gonna tally it up and call it done!
By subtracting votes against from votes in favor we get the following results:
THE WINNER IS —> THE JACKSON STAR (score 6)
2ND Place —> THE LIQUID LOGIC RONIN (score 5)
3-WAY TIE FOR 3RD PLACE —> DAGGER AGENT, RIOT ASTRO, & WAVESPORT PROJECT (score 3)
In last place, winner of the ugliest playboat is surprisingly the —> PYRANHA 420 (score -4)
The Star got 25% of the total votes, 12 in favor & 6 against (where even interest across all boats would be 11.1% of votes, or 8 votes). The Star is obviously generating the most hype… both good and bad. This isn’t too surprising if you’ve paddled the Ottawa lately and seen what’s on the water….. Namely, craploads of Jackson boats.
The Ronin got no votes against and 5 votes in favor, and I’ve never once seen a Ronin on the water! In my mind the Ronin wins hands down. If this were a percentage favorable thing, the Star would be 50% favorable, whereas the Ronin would be 100% favorable! I’d say that’s a pretty significant score.
The Pyranha 420 in last place makes no sense to me….. It really doesn’t look all that bad, or that good….. It’s not really all that interesting to look at…..
The Astro generated the second largest amount of hype, and that’s not surprising to me… It’s definitely the boat with the most unique look. [b:yl69izj4]What’s more, the Astro is made in Canada, and other than the Shaggy Saint, is the only Canadian company on the list.[/b:yl69izj4] (Good to see the Saint also generated some hype… Personally, I think composite boats are the way of the future…)
So that was fun!September 11, 2007 at 2:12 am #30354stew27Participant"Bobbie":1lkx1gua wrote:Personally, I think composite boats are the way of the future…)
You think? Its cool that they are incomparably light, but I think they somehow have to somehow make them stronger… Its hard to beat good ol solid plastic, especially if bumpin and grinding down slides, rocks etc. Example: H2o paddle blades compared to say the composite AT2September 11, 2007 at 3:39 am #30355BobbieParticipant"stew27":256p04c0 wrote:I think they somehow have to somehow make them stronger… [/quote:256p04c0]
After speaking to a few people who own Shaggy Designs boats, I get the strong impression that the ‘weakness’ of composites is actually a total misconception… They’re probably a lot stronger than you think…..
Also, I’m talking about playboats… Not creekers… But from what I gather, you could creek in one too…..
I’d say the biggest problem with Shaggy Designs is that they don’t have a quality factory outfitting….. The bitch about them is that it’s nearly impossible to demo one that fits you properly, and who wants to buy a radical design if you can’t try it properly first! I think they should hook something up with a bigger manufacturer to put some adjustable seats in the boats…..
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