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  Still own Dagger Crossover
  Posted by: willi_h2o on Mar-25-13 11:45 AM (EST)
 

-- Last Updated: Mar-25-13 12:04 PM EST --

Keep in mind it's called Crossover for a reason
-- it's a hybrid kayak.

Too long to be considered a white water playboat
and too short to be considered a sea kayak.
I've always kept up comfortably with other paddlers
in group situations of mixed boats (canoes/kayaks)

Catching an "eddy" requires some planning and the
maneuverability involves swinging a good amount of
kayak in front and to the rear of you.
Current acting on all that hull can be tricky at times.

I swapped out the backband for a better Bomber Gear
ratcheting style band to give better support.
The plastic foot pegs were swapped out for metal
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The large vertical closed cell foam piece in the nose
of the hull adds a lot of rigidity to the front end.
Split flotation bags are used by me as it has no front bulkhead
You can't click your heels together, limited foot positions.

It had a neat option of interchangeable thigh braces
via a horseshoe shaped "insert" on the front combing.
I eventually stuck with the aggressive style one
enabling my knees/thighs to lock in when needed.

I've paddled it on the big Detroit River during nice weather
and had some dicey moments in windy weather as the
back end got lifted by waves and the nose began to pearl.
Pitchpoling isn't fun and I muscled the boat a lot to keep from going in

Paddled it long distances on day trips numerous times
putting 20 - 40 miles on it within 12 hours.

Rear hatch has nice 2 piece system of a rubber piece
protected by a hard plastic cap.
I put rear float bags in the hatch to keep stuff
from sliding around and as a extra safety margin.

Thumbscrew style skeg became bothersome as it can't be removed
in the middle of a paddle before landing.
Eventually as I learned to paddle, it got thrown away.


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