-- Last Updated: Dec-21-12 8:41 PM EST --
"don't ya know you can only paddle one boat at a time." She told me this when I was in college using her garage to store my boats. I think she did have a point. I have a two year rule. If I haven't paddled it in two years then I sell it or give it away.
Here’s the current fleet: Lliquid logic xp10- better whitewater boat than tourer- although I have used it on sections of the northern forest canoe trail, overnight trips. I do find it is the boat that I use most of the time because it is so versatile, and has a comfy seat, very forgiving in whitewater. Its biggest drawback is that it is heavy to lug around but it does fit inside my van.
Perception mirage- old school whitewater kayak but fast on the flats- drawbacks are a small cockpit, seat not very comfy although I do use it as a crossover boat, tippy feeling in whitewater. On the plus side it is super easy to roll and only cost me $2oo.oo
Wavesport Y- use it as my creek boat and to take to roll sessions since it is easier to carry and load. It is the lightest boat I have to carry. Unfortunately I share this boat with my son so when we creek together I end up back in the xp. Biggest drawback is its kinda hard to get out of it when I had to wet exit.
Madriver plastic Adventurer Canoe- good for up to class II, overnights but not longer- hard to portage, hard to solo for long. It does fine on the flats, my wife thinks its tippy- limit it to class I, II only, well sometimes we get venturesome and paddle class three in it.
Three duckies- Riken Cherokee, Aire Tomcat, and Sevylor- very user friendly for easy whitewater with beginners, although my son, and his friends do takem out in the New River Gorge and Lower Gauley; if you got some current, just layin back in em is great for relaxing, also easier to take pictures from than the canoe or the kayak, as you get old its kinda hard to sit upright in em, beer gut gets in the way and the seats are crappy- don’t provide much support.
2 rafts- Miravia 12’ and I have an old campways Shoshone that I spend more time patching than paddling- great for group fun on whitewater- biggest drawback is packen everything up and putting it all away, I usually end up doing that part myself
7 of the 9 boats I bought used, total spent on fleet $3,7000…..It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to have a bunch of boats. The important thing is if you're happy with em, don't worry about what other folks think. I'm a boat slob, not a boat snob. I say that because there are some folks that are more about the boats than the paddling. If you paddled a crossover you know what I'm talkin about. I love the paddling but have never felt that way about a boat. If you paddle a particular boat a lot you get familiar with how it handles and you kinda trust it. tdaniel