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  Emotion makes good rec boats
  Posted by: bartc on May-09-13 10:09 PM (EST)
 

I use their Glide, which is 9.5' long and 28" wide. I can push it to nearly 4 mph. Very stable and fun, and only weighs about 36 lbs. It comes with one rear float bag, but they'll sell you another for under $30 that you can put in the front. If you buy a rec boat without bulkheads, do get front and rear float bags.

Meantime, I'm much larger than your wife. If she needs a narrower front end because of shorter reach, consider their Bliss. Similar length, width and weight, but narrower from the cockpit to the bow, which probably tracks better too. Their longer (12') Avant-Edge would work well for similar reasons.

These boats are really great for flatwater and can handle reasonably well in most conditions. They're not for Great Lakes, open ocean, nor for whitewater.

Well made, BTW, and cost usually less than $450 retail if you shop it.

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