I never thought we would be considering one of these, but at a paddlefest my son and I tried a few. My almost 20 yr old son said he would definately come to the lake more ! bonus for mom! I enjoyed it for just being out there on the lake and I could handle this myself.
We tried a few Hobies ie ATR not sure if 11.2 or 12 though which we liked the best over a poly dura-sup board and a couple of others which one was a displacement board. My favorite way was sitting down which was much easier and relaxing although I stood mostly.
We are in western PA and wondered if there were some others to try as i know there must be a large difference in them just like kayaks ie performance etc. Also - should we buy one adjustable carbon paddle? any suggestions on a decent one not terribly expensive (for comparison an aquabound stingray paddle is decent for kayaks and not expensive)
Prices vary but we are hoping under 1500 or less I am 150lbs ish and son is less.
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Posted by: old_user on May-23-12 7:25 PM (EST)
Lots of choices. I've only been able to demo Boardworks and was very pleased. Light weight so easy for me to carry and very stable. I was in the market for a flatwater tour/race board my favorite was the Ohana, stable and fast, but I must say I was very impressed with the inflatables also. Not what you think they would be. Good luck in your search.
Posted by: greg27 on May-29-12 8:16 AM (EST)
build one , clc kaholo 14' is a very easy boat to build ,add some designs in cloth and you'll have a excelent board that will draw crowds at the beach [thats code for he'll meet lots of girls]
Posted by: angstrom on May-29-12 3:56 PM (EST)
Still somewhat new myself, but.....|
Posted by: davbart on May-29-12 5:21 PM (EST)
I'm learning that boards are as diverse as kayaks and canoes, so like canoes and kayaks you need to decide what your primary use will be and demo as many boards as fit that use and buy it.
we made a decision|
Posted by: just1more on May-29-12 6:21 PM (EST)
based on availablity and price. We went with the beginner models of Bic 11.4 polys. We tried a 10.4 and the sides were slightly in the water for my son at 150lbs and me also and much less stable but the main thing was the sides in the water which doesn't seem right or efficient. We are returning the shorter easier to turn board due to this.
Posted by: RavenWing on Jun-04-12 12:13 PM (EST)
We all liked the handle on|
Posted by: just1more on Jun-04-12 10:00 PM (EST)
the inexpensive Werner Fiji adjustable paddles better than the adjustable Kialo as it was smoother. When I figure out a length which may be a while, it will be a carbon one of some make!
Posted by: RavenWing on Jun-05-12 8:52 AM (EST)
Yes I am not fond of the adjustable|
Posted by: just1more on Jun-05-12 11:18 PM (EST)
paddles but for now it works between 4 of us (going to keep 2 probably of slightly different length adjustments)The Bic boards are heavy but again i cannot spend alot when there are a few of us!! Its fun but I still love my kayaks for getting places.
Posted by: RavenWing on Jun-13-12 1:06 PM (EST)
some deck pads of the boards I demo'd were hard on bare feet - the vertical grooved ones.
Deck Pads are confusing|
Posted by: just1more on Jun-13-12 1:20 PM (EST)
the thin no pattern ones on the last years versions of the BICs concern me as we already have some damage of welting from one usage - and i am very careful with my stuff. It looks inset so I am not sure if replacement will be easy as an odd design. BIC not helpful on questions unfortunately.
Posted by: Marshall on Jun-14-12 11:18 AM (EST)
Is the Bic foam standard mini cell or is it denser rubberized foam. The former isn't that hard to source in peel and stick sheets. I don't have any suggestions for recessed applications as the Tahoe's I deal with are a flush surface, but Surftech had a nice video on deck pad replacement ala You Tube.
If someone from BIC would return my call|
Posted by: just1more on Jun-14-12 3:33 PM (EST)
i could tell you!! Numerous messages and nada! Great customer service......perhaps I should just return now instead of headaches down the road. My guess would be minicell foam as it isn't very durable.
Posted by: Marshall on Jun-15-12 11:00 AM (EST)
Have you asked the Dealer you purchased them from to make the call. Their call might have better penetration through to the BIC personnel with the answers.
I think from some info on BICS|
Posted by: just1more on Jun-18-12 9:04 AM (EST)
Posted by: Marshall on Jun-20-12 11:23 AM (EST)
Sorry to hear the ongoing hassle on the BIC front.
Posted by: RavenWing on Jun-20-12 1:44 PM (EST)
it's always a little more chancey to go w the first version using a new material.
Marilyn, if u would like|
Posted by: RavenWing on Jun-20-12 1:47 PM (EST)
I can find out who the rep is for Boardworks and C4Waterman is, also some other brands.
I see a Boardworks Raven 12.6|
Posted by: just1more on Jun-20-12 4:49 PM (EST)
which my husband would also fit - they are the cost of BICs! I would rather have a board that will last than a cheaper one that doesn't last (cheaper as 550 is still not cheap in my pocketbook!)
Posted by: RavenWing on Jun-20-12 8:47 PM (EST)
in both sizes is backordered at REI with no ETA. They sold out in the first few hours of the anniversary sale back on May 18. At that time they were 15% off. I ordered mine at 12:05 am the first day of the sale lol.
Thanks, REI said they are expecting |
Posted by: just1more on Jun-21-12 7:56 AM (EST)
a shipment within 2 weeks to them, but perhaps that is a guestimate then. Not sure what I will do. Thanks.
returned one board and|
Posted by: just1more on Jun-26-12 10:01 AM (EST)
bought the lighter version Ace Tec 11'6" I can carry this one
Now I ordered another board|
Posted by: just1more on Jul-23-12 6:30 PM (EST)
the Surftech B1 as I tried one and liked it. Pretty hard to get so I hope my order will be filled.