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 Post subject: White water handling
PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 6:38 am 
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I would be interested in any experiences in Class 2 or 3 whitewater


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 Post subject: Re: White water handling
PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 11:26 am 
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No experience with this whatsoever, but my thoughts are that the PA is really designed more as an open water craft. While skinny water isn't an issue, swift water where quick course changes are the order of the day may be best suited to something else. Just my two cents. Have fun in your PA whatever you do. :D

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 Post subject: Re: White water handling
PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 12:44 pm 
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With a paddle and decent skills, you can get a PA through that sort of water. But if you're buying it to fish and run that type water on a regular basis, forget it.


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 Post subject: Re: White water handling
PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 4:14 pm 
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I fish rivers wilt that type of rapids. Usually associated with rapids is shallow water. The pa is not appropriate. I use a Tarpon 120. Mirage drive is out of place.
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 Post subject: Re: White water handling
PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:43 pm 
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I think you best avaoid that if possible.
Suspect you will spend more time in water than on top of :D
Pa's are not designed for that purpose...


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 Post subject: Re: White water handling
PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:42 pm 
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agordon wrote:
I would be interested in any experiences in Class 2 or 3 whitewater


Speaking from experience, don't do it. The PA isn't made to run class II's, let alone III's.

You might get lucky and drift through some easy light class II, but for anything above, expect to get your ears washed and loose any gear that isn't tied in.

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 Post subject: Re: White water handling
PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 5:00 pm 
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This is the beginning stages of a messed up idea.


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 Post subject: Re: White water handling
PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 7:51 pm 
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Agordon:
We have ran quite a few class 2 rapids in our Hobies ( Oasis, Revolution, and Tandem Island (in kayak mode)). But never a PA.
Typically we have the rudder up, and either the mirage drives out or bungled against the hull bottom and use paddles. The paddles are for both steering and keeping you upright, this is where I think you would get in trouble with the PA, because it's so low and flat and wide if it started to go sideways I'm not sure you could straighten with a paddle, and if it starts digging in on the sides, there is no way to shift enough weight and using the paddle to keep you from going over. Plus as you go over stuff and dive down I would expect the PA to nose dive badly.
From our experience light thin and nimble ( like the revo) seems to work best, solo on an Oasis is do able but it's quite a handful. The TI kayak is actually quite capable but it takes two experienced paddlers working together.
Like Tom says if your very experienced and know what your doing, I'm sure you can get a PA through anything class 2. But a PA would be on the bottom of my list of boat choices for running rapids ( just ahead of the H16 on my list). But all this is just my opinion based on my own experience.
Bob


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