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Try a Zephyr

Post by philinasheville » Sat Mar 10, 2007 2:15 am

I've paddled an outrage for about 6 years now and it's a great boat. You can't go wrong with one. I was ready for a different boat, and I really wanted an Ocoee, but decided to give the Zephyr a try, and bought one (after I demo'd a Bell Ocoee for an entire weekend on class 3+). If you're gonna buy a new boat, BE SURE that you try a Zephyr. It was the best boat for me. Great company to buy from, great technology and great boat. Good Luck.

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Post by philinasheville » Sat Mar 10, 2007 2:19 am

It came down to the Ocoee and the Zephyr for me. The Ocoee is a great boat Surf's great, hard edge, etc... You cannot go wrong with it, I just liked the Zephyr better.

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Whoops!

Post by philinasheville » Sat Mar 10, 2007 2:22 am

I'm an idiot, both these posts were intended to be responses to the " Thoughts on a solo boat" post by Vin.

Sorry,
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Post by bamaboater » Mon Mar 12, 2007 7:44 pm

I'd like to try one out sometime. maybe at the NOC this summer if I ever get over there. now you're not the only poster on the thread you started

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Post by Mr.DeadLegs » Mon Mar 12, 2007 7:52 pm

Phil thanks for letting my fat butt put some scratches in that new boat. It is a good boat. I have my fingers crossed.

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Post by msims » Mon Mar 12, 2007 8:00 pm

Deadlegs, How fat is your fat a$$? I mean, what weight were you paddling the zepher at and how did it handle compared to other boats?

(eg. I find the Ocoee a little edgy weighing in at 250)

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Philenasiville, what did you like about the zephry over the ocoee?

Thanks mike.
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Post by sbroam » Mon Mar 12, 2007 8:02 pm

My Zephyr will be at the not-Louie-fest this coming weekend. It's bulkhead outfitted and sized for the larger sized individual...

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Post by Mr.DeadLegs » Mon Mar 12, 2007 8:11 pm

I am 6'7" and about 260. The zephyr, for as much of me as I could get in it, was fast and nimble. It is tempting to get a new one and give it a real go. It was not twitchy or too edgy for me. I would highly recomend one.

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Reasons

Post by philinasheville » Mon Mar 12, 2007 8:35 pm

I bought a Zephyr for the following reasons:

Great company to buy from, great technology, surfs great, turns great, light weight, super durable, fairly fast, and the list goes on!

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Post by floater » Tue Mar 13, 2007 7:30 am

Something I've been wondering about the Twintex hull of the Zephyr---How slippery is it? My first kayak was an old Dick Held (no jokes please) fiberglass job. I used to get spun around 180 degrees hanging up on unseen submerged rocks, usually at inopportune moments.
Plastic boats were a huge improvement, in that regard at least. I love warm low water summer runs but hate getting thrown off my line by inevitable rock contacts. So how does Twintex compare to Royalex in slickness? And has modern fiberglass improved in that regard over 70's era glass?

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Post by Wendy » Tue Mar 13, 2007 2:00 pm

in Zephyr. It is in between plastic and glass only boats. when in current and low water it slides well till really low, like below Stackhouse on FB. I flipped twice on Ocoee when edying out to empty I hit a small rock at midships on the eddy line.
Very pleased with durability. I am changing to the bulkhead system- really like the ease of entry and exit.

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Post by vin » Wed Mar 14, 2007 3:34 am

Loved hearing some of your Zepher comments, but you all sound like some very large human beings. How will the boat respond to a 145 lb. padder?

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Post by philcanoe » Wed Mar 14, 2007 1:07 pm

Vin you being a lighter weight might be a good thing in this boat. To me the ends of a Zephyr are a little too low, with not enough rocker. At 175-180 I might not be the best to respond. In my test drive the boat did not spin very well, due to having too much boat in the water. I’m a fan of highly maneuverable canoes like Skeeters, Fly’s, Edges, and the Taureau so I’m a bit jaded. But when judged against an Ocoee it was still slow to turn. Of course this is a desirable trait for many. I’m not trashing Esquif they are a good company. However this particular design is not quite as a responsive as many of the boats they do, which could be a good thing for many. It might even be a testament as to why some of the more full-sized paddlers really like it. With a bit more boat in the water, the Zephyr probably does carry a load better.

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