So I'm close to snatching Pyker's Mad River Indy from the classifieds. They seem to have a cult like following and oddly I have never paddled one.
Finding mixed reviews on the web.
My main interest with this boat is faster river tripping. Mixed water, from slow moving to low class II non technical stuff, mostly wave trains. There will be a lot more slow moving water than heavy stuff. I don't expect to be catching many eddy's.
I picked up a RX Wildfire for these kind of trips, but am feeling a more efficient hull would make life easier, specially in the long flats. And with the weather going the way it is I'm not expecting high water to help the Wildfire out. And while I think my Nomad would work well, frankly it's in such nice shape I don't want to trash it. The Indy carries more depth and width, which should make it better than the Nomad for river use?
5'8", 162#, 40-45# gear, kneeler, straight and bent paddles.
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The Nomad can be built again|
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-10-13 11:37 PM (EST)
so why are you keeping it?
Posted by: windwalker on Apr-11-13 6:16 AM (EST)
No such thing, LOL. Yes we had that lesson/discussion on my other thread. It's RX and has a Bell Wildfire sticker on it. I know, I know...
my 2 cents|
Posted by: rblturtle on Apr-11-13 6:28 AM (EST)
I owned a roylex wildfire-i know it's not the same as the composite.i tripped a lot with it and it was significantly harder to paddle then an indy-a dog on long flst stretches. indy has the shallow v thing-some people prefer-i don't.i'm your size and i find an indy too big for me.
Posted by: windwalker on Apr-11-13 7:32 AM (EST)
I am concerned about the width and fit for my size.
Posted by: CEWilson on Apr-11-13 8:36 AM (EST)
What was the question?|
Posted by: windwalker on Apr-11-13 10:17 AM (EST)
Had to laugh at that one.
Posted by: Mattt on Apr-11-13 8:57 AM (EST)
I've only used my Indy on rivers once that I can recall - CI, and that was 2004 or so, so I can't really remember much about that trip, but no issues with the boat - winding, narrow channels.
Indy knows whitewater|
Posted by: jjmish on Apr-11-13 10:58 AM (EST)
Ran my indy down the Kenduskeag stream canoe race in Maine for 12 years. Even came in 1st one year. Quickwater to class 3, 16.5 miles.
Thanks for posting that pic again|
Posted by: clarion on Apr-11-13 11:05 AM (EST)
Were you skidding your stern?
Love that Picture|
Posted by: TommyC1 on Apr-11-13 12:04 PM (EST)
But I think you are a better paddler than I taking the Indy through that.
Posted by: Yanoer on Apr-11-13 1:29 PM (EST)
Taken at Shopping Cart?|
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-11-13 2:09 PM (EST)
One o' FE's favoorite boats...|
Posted by: FatElmo on Apr-11-13 11:26 AM (EST)
Click photo to enlarge or click here to change viewing preference.
Love our Indy|
Posted by: rival51 on Apr-11-13 10:20 PM (EST)
It's my go to solo if I'm not wood bashing. I use the Rendezvous for that. It's quick enough for what I do and has great secondary stability. It carries a load as well. On our winter trip I will have 40 lbs of firewood as well as winter camping gear. My only issue with the boat is that the hull is a bit soft - flexes in waves. It's an early 90's boat (92 or 93) and has been that way pretty much all along.
And there you go|
Posted by: CEWilson on Apr-11-13 11:47 PM (EST)
More Chevy's sold than BMW's.
Sure, but would you really want|
Posted by: tktoo on Apr-12-13 7:48 AM (EST)
to hang out with a bunch of BMW owners?
Posted by: windwalker on Apr-12-13 9:42 AM (EST)
I'm a Kawasaki guy. We just sold my wife's BMW, what an over priced piece of shit. That being said it was 10 times better than the Harley she had before the BMW.
What CEW says about the Independence is |
Posted by: tktoo on Apr-12-13 9:58 AM (EST)
true. It's a quirky, dated design, but it's such a beautiful boat that so many have loved for so long that it's impossible to ignore an opportunity to pick up a good one. I know I didn't and no one's gonna make me regret it.
Posted by: clarion on Apr-12-13 10:09 AM (EST)
This is getting a bit absurd. There is nothing remotely quirky about the Indy. I'd love to know what seems to make it quirky to you. Too general? Not specialized enough?
Posted by: FatElmo on Apr-12-13 3:37 PM (EST)
Hell, ah' wus born here wit me Indy an' ah' wuz raised here wit me Indy, an' dad gummit, ah's gonna die here wit me Indy! An' no sidewindin', bushwhackin', Hornswogglin' cracker croaker is gonna ruin me biscuit-cutter Indy!
Hey Windwalker, your specs...|
Posted by: openboater on Apr-12-13 3:21 PM (EST)
Wha ho, Rob|
Posted by: FatElmo on Apr-12-13 3:39 PM (EST)
Good ta hear fro' ye a'gin! De Independence/Indy be a magical canoo!
Posted by: TommyC1 on Apr-13-13 6:03 PM (EST)
I do believe that is the best description of the Independence I've heard.
Posted by: windwalker on Apr-13-13 9:43 PM (EST)
Like I said mixed reviews. LOL.