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  Posted by: gibsonra on Oct-25-12 8:10 AM (EST)

Much of it is preference and I would suggest a demo. I weigh 185 dry without gear and the 56 felt right from the start. I did not try to roll the big one but I suspect that it may have given me a problem in my set-up because of the width and depth of the boat.

I was very suprised at how easy the transition from the Diesel 80 to the Fuse 56 was. The Fuse was wetter of course but it was stable and predictable. I was also suprised at how the 56 volume carried through holes. It seemed to punch through well though wetter than the Diesel.

As far as being slicey, I can't speak to that but I do know that water line is important to take advantage of the features of the hull design. A high water line (boat lower in the water) "may" lose some secondary stability but a low water line "may" lose some edge. Again, it may be personal preference.

One more thing about volume, a high volume boat "may" be more catchy in holes. The higher volume can cause them to recirculate more where a lower volume boat may get pushed through by the current. This isn't always the case but it can be.

Lastly, if you go with the bigger boat you may want to make sure you get the 2013 outfitting. The seat adjusts in a way that may help you fit the boat better.

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