May 8, 2006 at 2:44 pm #1443ekongirlParticipant
I’m a new whitewater kayaker. I bought a play boat on the advice of the salesman (because “river running is boring”) after using the boat all weekend I am seriously regretting that decision.
Does anyone have any advice on what I should do? Do you think I can go back to the place I bought it and return it?May 8, 2006 at 2:57 pm #17382
What type of boat and how have you outfitted it? Is it uncomfortable, or why are you regretting your purchase?May 8, 2006 at 3:53 pm #17383
It’s a Jackson 4Fun. I’m fully outfitted with all my gear and the boat isn’t terribly uncomfortable.
The main reason I’m regretting the purchase is that I don’t have the skills necessary to make the best use of the boat. As a novice paddler, I think I would be better in a boat that is more forgiving and doesn’t require such precise timing… at least to start.May 8, 2006 at 4:03 pm #17384
IMHO, the Jackson 4Fun is a decent all-around boat and ok for most river running….unless you are planning on doing some class 5 or hardcore steep creeks in the next year or two while you are still learning. That boat is not exactly the latest/sliciest playboat design.
It’s also supposedly super easy to roll so that is a good positive for the boat.
Stick with it, your troubles are probably more skill related and not boat related.May 8, 2006 at 4:24 pm #17385PhittyParticipant
The Jacksons are pretty forgiving. Stick with it, you’ll be happy you did. IN a year or two you can upgrade to a better boat.
P.May 8, 2006 at 4:43 pm #17386wavesporterParticipant
take a lesson, get youre skill up.May 8, 2006 at 6:25 pm #17387seabornParticipant
aMay 8, 2006 at 7:16 pm #17388GrantParticipant
Stick to the Jackson fun series, and take some lessons, or just keep at it. Try practicing with the Jackson in flat water to get more comfortable with it (I found mine way more responsive to my body than my WaveSport). I’m a novice, still learning, but found easier boats I’ve tried were: 1. not as easy to roll, 2. not responsive to my inputs, 3. slow.
You can try talking to the shop you got the boat from, but it will depend on their written return policy (usually on the receipt, or sales slip). They may be more accomidating, but don’t have to be if they have a written retun policy. If no return policy, it will depend on the laws of your local province/state, city, municipality, etc…
You may want to try renting other boats, before you return your jackson. Worst case situation you can try and trade or sell your boat on this site (see classifieds) or other sites like http://www.boatertalk.com. Jacksons seem to trade or sell easily.
Disclaimer: I am not admitted to pratcie in Alberta, Canada, your local laws may vary. This post is only to be taken as friendly advice and carriers no warranties with it ” title=”Confused” /> This post is only warrantied to contain more verbage that is actually necessary to make a simple point.May 8, 2006 at 8:33 pm #17389
I can only assume you’re a girl from your username, and maybe the 4Fun is a little too big for you. Since you bought from a store, did you try something smaller like the Fun or 2Fun. You could demo those and see if they could do a trade for you if that boat is more your size. I heard Jacksons are very forgiving and recommended for beginners everywhere.May 8, 2006 at 8:43 pm #17390WayneParticipant"Anonymous":1747su8e wrote:It’s a Jackson 4Fun. I’m fully outfitted with all my gear and the boat isn’t terribly uncomfortable.
The main reason I’m regretting the purchase is that I don’t have the skills necessary to make the best use of the boat. As a novice paddler, I think I would be better in a boat that is more forgiving and doesn’t require such precise timing… at least to start.[/quote:1747su8e]
I am also a novice paddling a Jackson, easy to roll, very forgiving , Did the sales person explain the outfitting, footbag, seat location etc. I was fustrated like you are and got great info from the Jackson website on how to properly out-fit the boat, and then with practice and a couple of experiments (lessons didn’t hurt) I have it pretty much dialed in. Also check the Jackson site to verify that they sold you the right size boat, Jacksons are geared for various weights… maybe the boat is just too big….or small….
WayneMay 8, 2006 at 9:08 pm #17391GrantParticipant
I have had problems getting timely email responses from Jackson, but they are super helpful if you call them. ” title=”Very Happy” /> Give it a try, and they should be able to help you fit in properly.
Wayne was right, the 4Fun is a big boat, make sure you’re the right size for it.
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