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  Because you posted only to sound like
  Posted by: g2d on Jun-11-13 11:00 PM (EST)
 

you had something to say, and what you did say was totally irrelevant to the discussion.

Who doesn't already know that most ww paddlers just mosey on down the middle of a run and surf an occasional hole? Who doesn't know already that poly boats are used by nearly everyone for the same reason that poly trash cans are used by nearly everyone?

The original poster is mainly a sea/touring type and wanted to know whether a rigid boat is best, or whether some flexibility is needed. It appears to me, and should to you also, that he is talking mainly about composite boats, and those who replied are talking about composite boats. I posted a fairly well reasoned discussion of rigidity and flexibility in whitewater boats.

You came in and said that most ww paddlers aren't that concerned about performance, and that they use poly boats which are flexible and damage resistant.

So, how is that relevant to the original subject, or to what I said?

Whitewater boats are made like trash cans because most people aren't up to occasional repairs, and aren't able to read water well enough to avoid rocks. I have a 40+ year paddling career, nothing to brag about, but using composite, Royalex, and polyethylene boats. Neither I nor any other person good enough to keep a composite ww boat together for many years needs to hear anything from the unwashed masses.

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