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  • #2021
    cyberk
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    I just finished the 5 day course at WT and loved every minute of it. Unfortunately the two boats I tried rode a little low in the water for me and caused a few problems. They were the Jackson Super Fun and the EZG60.

    I have read that the Super EZ would be good but I would like something a little smaller. I am test paddling the Pyranha Stretch and Seven-0 next week.

    Can anyone else recommend a boat that will haul my fat a** around without having the edges constantly below the waterline?

    #19249
    joat
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    I picked up a Liquid Logic Cross River 250 this spring, and it keeps the edges out for me; I also weigh in between 230 and 240.
    There is one on sale right now at Boatwerks, I think.

    #19250
    viking
    Participant

    I’m a larger paddler as well…got you by 20lbs… I have the Jackson SuperFun and have the same trouble…I had the SuperEZ and the boat was great….making the switch back. The cross river (cr250) is definitely worth looking into…I used one in a pool session and it felt fairly good, even at my weight…different on the river though (definitely test one). The EZG 60 is a little smaller than the Jackson (volume and length), but every boat will ride a little different. The Super EZ and the Super Fun are the same, but sit different for me….

    Good luck!!!

    #19251
    JamesGolick
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    I am also in the larger paddler category.

    I picked up an ezg60, after paddling it and not having much trouble, but after a few days more out on the water, I am finding myself squirting badly, often. It makes catching a wave a big pain in the ass.

    I am thinking about trying to find a super ez, or a super fun, whichever one I can get cheaper, and seeing what that will do for me.

    James

    #19252
    joat
    Participant

    I sat in the Stretch at MEC- It was HUGE. The large Fluid Flirt is also supposed to be good for big guys.

    #19253
    cboater
    Participant

    arrrgh quit yer whining… I paddle a Super-Fun at 242 and I have no problem not making ferries, squirting in whirlpools below normans, etc… I even converted it to a cboat.

    .. just kidding <img loading=” title=”Wink” /> good other suggestions… might try to find one myself..240 is pretty much the upper limit. fro the super fun great for throwing the ends down…

    #19254
    seaborn
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    #19255
    JamesGolick
    Participant

    Is it at all possible to add floatation to a boat? My boat would probably be worlds better with say..10% more floatation.

    Will adding float bags, or something like that change anything?

    #19256
    kaptain_kayak
    Participant

    To add volume to a boat, you need to make it bigger. Putting float bags in the boat won’t make it bigger — they keep the boat floating higher when it is swamped, making gear rescues much easier. While you are out looking for a bigger boat, buy some float bags to put in anyhow, for the above reason!

    Andrew

    #19257
    Grant
    Participant

    [quote:3ipq991v]I sat in the Stretch at MEC- It was HUGE.[/quote:3ipq991v]

    I tried one out in a lake and barely fit in it. at 210 it seemed to have more capacity in it, but not good for taller paddlers. 37.5″ inseam and my feet were crammed up in the nose without any foot rest, not very comfy.

    The super EZ may be you best bet, or an old school Dagger RPM Maxx. I found the Super EZ more boyant the the EZG60, but I’m not at the max end weight wise.

    #19258
    cboater
    Participant

    How different is the SuperEZ in Size/Volume from the Super-Fun? I thought they werre practically the same boat – the Super-Fun just a newer model…

    #19259
    Grant
    Participant

    [quote:1sf4ok1k]How different is the SuperEZ in Size/Volume from the Super-Fun? I thought they werre practically the same boat – the Super-Fun just a newer model…[/quote:1sf4ok1k]

    I found the Super EZ felt much wider. They are both 27″ wide but the Super ez is slab sided and the 27″ seems to been top to bottom, bow to stern. The Super Fun has a more pointed foot position for my size 13 feet, where the super EZ was more side ways on a solid adjustable bulk head. the Super EZ is 62gal. the Super Fun 63gal. The seat was much wider in the Super EZ than the Super Fun (I used the hip pads with 2-3spacers in the EZ, now just 2 spacers in the Super Fun without hip pad)

    The Super EZ floated higher in the water that the Super Fun when I was around 220, the Super fun is nicer now I’m closer 200-210 (all this damn paddling seems to be shrinking the beer gut I worked years at growing :lol: )

    I switched to a Jackson due to the outfitting and boat handling. The thigh/knee braces are way more comfortable then having my knees driven into the hard outside plastic hull. I also like the harder crosslinked plastic in the boat.

    Hope that answered the question cboater.

    #19260
    cboater
    Participant

    It did, thanks! Great analysis…

    #19261
    cyberk
    Participant

    Thanks for all of the great replies. I am a little closer to deciding.

    The Super EZ is definately still on the list. I will test the Stretch and Seven-0 next week and work on finding a couple of the Liquid Logic boats to test out as well.

    #19262
    Ryan
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    YOu may want to try out a wavesport T4 as well. It is 67 gallons, the biggest out there. It has lots of flotation and foot room. It’s not cutting edge, but more playful than the SuperEZ. I have a buddy who is around 250 and he paddles one.

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