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Got out there yesterday. Level was 2.7, which was noticeably better than the past releases of 2.3-2.5. A big thank you to Duke for the level adjustment. Could still use a bit more water though. We ran the first boulder rapid down the middle because of a tree just underwater in the left line. Saw people go left there, but it was not a good idea in my opinion. General consensus among the group was that the boulder rapids are sandbagged in the AW descriptions and are on the cusp of the class 5 realm due to stacked moves with significant pin potentials. As always, flight simulator was big fun. I personally see no reason to run the more hazardous left side. As for wood, still plenty out there. There was only 1 riverwide tree on the run that required a portage. Significant carnage occurred in the ledge hole in the rapid I believe to be the Crux, including many surfs, several swims, and a boat stuck in the hole for at least 20 minutes. Overall I think the run is more enjoyable (and perhaps a bit easier) at 2.7 than the lower flows. I hope that future releases will be this level or higher. Thanks AW.
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River Main tab. The section after Rapid Descriptions is User Comments. Every river I've checked has had "No comments". The Nolichucky page had a description from a boater who came across the most recent fatality; now "No comments."
Joel
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BoaterTalk Love mine too...
It will be a sad day when it finally breaks beyond repair.
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It's the Loki's predecessor, and I've seen them cheapish in GearSwap. I'm in a 222, the medium size of 221, 222, and 223. I'm 6'0", 34" inseam, 195, with size 11 feet. My feet would touch sole to sole if not for the front pillar and they are a little squished. I had to take out the little bits of foam against the ABS bulkhead wedge for the extra space. It took some getting used to, but I can run rivers now without my legs falling asleep and with little cramping, especially if I get out of the boat from time to time. I'm at the upper end of the weight range of 210 when I'm geared up. It's a fast surfer; twitchy but fun. It's squirty and will slam pretty hard into eddies if your edging is off slightly. If I could cartwheel, I'm sure I could cartwheel it, it's pretty easy to get the ends under by slicing or by plowing.

If you find one, make sure to inspect the cockpit rim below the thigh-hook bolt; the plastic is thin in a high-stress area, making for a crack-prone area. Duct tape on the outside worked well for me to seal the crack, welding did not, and you'd probably be able to argue a discount for a known leaker.
Joel
So I can know whether or not to expect my chops to be busted.
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BoaterTalk 6-0 195
I enjoy my Squirrel 95. I got strong encouragement from folks at LL to size up. I didn't demo the 85. I'm not a Class V boater.

My Squirrel has kept me upright better than any of my previous boats. It likes to be driven and to go fast. I've blown past eddies I wanted to catch because I wasn't planning far enough ahead. It has been great in high volume situations. It has surfaced well in aerated water after I sucked at boofing. I could see low volume creeks needing some adjustment on my part to make tight moves, but Wilson in NC is the lowest volume I've had it on to date, and it performed well.
Joel
...in between the Stikine and Powerhouse in terms of blade area. I'm 6'-0", 195, with a large wingspan and paddle fairly large boats. With the Sherpa, I always felt like I had to take extra-long strokes to make my boats move. On my first run with a Powerhouse, I could take toes-to-hips strokes and move like I wanted. I did have some blade flutter with the Powerhouse until I got used to it/strong enough to handle it.
Joel
pencils drops in Mexico with a high air brace and a mighty "Aieee!".

http://www.canoekayak.com/videos/watch-8-year-old-kayaker-drops-waterfalls-in-mexico/#roDh4IWyAUxoh92x.97

Can't not post it after Gauleyfest. But seriously, how awesome is that? Makes me wonder how much less of a beater I'd be if I started at 8 rather than 28. I only hope my future kids will enjoy paddling whitewater.
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as long as the landing zone is a penis
Joel
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BoaterTalk -landing boofs.
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I've heard Jacksons have issues landing boots.
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Asheville, NC
Male 6'0"
195
Boats I paddle: Flying squirrel 95, i3 222
First Season: 2014
Favorite Class: III
Favorite Runs: Big Laurel, Nolichucky
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Could you use the metadata in digital photos in lieu of stopwatches? Two phones on the same network may have clocks synced within reason. Snap a start photo and a finish photo of each racer and subtract times. You'd still be subject to human error in activating a shutter, and you'd have to do math.
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Got my 222 out on the Nolichucky last night with the crack taped. It was the driest that boat has ever been. My guess is it was cracked from the day I picked it up used. I'm sure I made it worse by replacing the rotten bungee on the back band with cord, and I crank it down real tight.

Thanks for the input; I'm going to try to weld it soon and not tighten the back band as severely.
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I'm pretty sure the kit was to spread the load and prevent the problem, not fix it.
Joel
My beloved i3 cracked where the cockpit rim meets the deck, right under the thigh hook bolt, with another crack forming nearby. I'm about to attempt a weld because I rather enjoy the boat and to keep from angering the wife with a new boat. A little research revealed that in the 2003-2005 era, this was a common enough problem that Pyranha had a reinforcement kit for this part of the boat. From the Asheville factory, at least, these kits are no longer available, and my request for part drawings was met with crickets.

Anyone out there have/see/use one of these kits and willing to help a poor beater with pics or description?

Much obliged.
Joel
and drive 40 minutes each way to Burnsville for engineering work. If you have a technical background, it may be hard to find a meaningful job in AVL proper. That said, I work with several paddlers, one class V, and we can hit the Nolichucky and French Broad practically year round for after work runs and Big Laurel almost every time it runs. During the summer you'll probably make a habit of watching the weather and checking rain pursuit every time there is an afternoon thunderstorm.
Joel
per my interpretation of picture on the WNC Creek Visual facebook page. The watershed got another dose of rain in the last few hours (per rainpursuit.org), so it will probably get a bump today.