Current Designs Caribou
Posted by: Alpinbogen on May-28-11 1:29 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
Does anyone paddle a Caribou? I test paddled one several weeks ago along with several other touring boats from Current Designs, and fell in love with it the moment I settled into the cockpit. I haven't been able to get it off my mind since.
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Posted by: old_user on May-28-11 3:49 PM (EST)
I have an older one. I like the boat alot. You will get alot of opinions about boats and no one boat does it all but the caribou is a great boat and has a cult like following. CD has been making this boat fo a long time. That should tell you something. Happy paddling. Vaughn Fulton
Well respected boat|
Posted by: wilsoj2 on May-28-11 5:34 PM (EST)
The Caribou is a well respected boat with a lot of partisans. CD revised the hull a bit a little while ago. Some feel the earlier version is superior.
I like mine a lot|
Posted by: Wayne_Smith on May-29-11 7:29 AM (EST)
I agree that the older one is better, in my opinion. I have one I bought in 1998 that I'll probably never sell - it's my big water, go surfing, go camping kayak. I've paddled the new one as well, and it's not the same, but it's still a very good kayak.
Near Sacramento area?|
Posted by: bhmacin on May-29-11 10:55 AM (EST)
I have a friend selling one. Nice yellow deck, blue hull for about $1500 I think.
I've Never Paddled the Caribou|
Posted by: WaterMark on May-29-11 3:05 PM (EST)
or even seen one. What's the design like? What do you like about it?
Posted by: gjf12 on May-29-11 4:21 PM (EST)
I paddled the Caribou (no skeg) in strong wind, about 25 kts, and found it terribly hard to hold direction.
Posted by: wayne_smith on May-31-11 12:53 PM (EST)
I used to ballast mine by putting all of my stuff in the rear hatch as far aft as I could put it, and that would counteract most weathercocking.
Posted by: capnken on May-29-11 7:35 PM (EST)
Funny thing, here. I had a Caribou S for a year or two. Never really appreciated this fine kayak, until I sold it back to the original owner, the guy I bought it from. I have added a few years on since then, and thinking about buying another. This is a great boat for the aging kayaker! It will do just about anything you ask of it, and it takes a bit of effort to capsize it. Rolls quite well, but I would have liked a lower back deck. Does just fine on foreword sweep rolls. Wait 'till Greyhawk signs in!
I've owned a Caribou S|
Posted by: jmyers on May-29-11 9:04 PM (EST)
for five years now and I'm generally very pleased with the boat; it does so many things so well. It does benefit greatly from the skeg in quartering wind conditions. I'm presently looking for a Feathercraft K-Light for traveling but will likely keep the 'Bou for as long as I want to paddle. Excellent boat!
A FINE BOAT INDEED|
Posted by: ScupperFrank on May-29-11 11:32 PM (EST)
Cap'n Ken's 'Bou went for a spin from Key Largo to Daytona and back again, where its "rightful" owner, Grayhawk, who had a fling with a Nordy, but went back to his real love, now appreciates it more than ever.
I would like the original|
Posted by: kayamedic on May-30-11 5:04 PM (EST)
Barry Buchanan Bou.
Posted by: old_user on Aug-22-11 8:49 PM (EST)
Changes to Caribou|
Posted by: WaterMark on May-30-11 5:42 PM (EST)
Curious, I looked this boat up on the CD website. They say they've softened the chines and rounded the previous flat areas of the hull.
Posted by: grayhawk on May-31-11 9:58 AM (EST)
I had up to six kayaks in my yard at once. Now I have one, the Bou.
Lots of guides us a Caribou|
Posted by: Dr_Disco on May-31-11 10:57 AM (EST)
That should tell you something.
Posted by: wilsoj2 on May-31-11 11:41 AM (EST)
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Posted by: pitmartin on Jul-19-11 11:27 AM (EST)
Posted by: mainepaddle on May-25-13 9:08 AM (EST)
Was looking at old posts and found yours. I have a 2001 Bou in really good condition. Bought it new and always stored inside. Paddles awesome.