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Post by scamp144 » Sun Mar 29, 2015 4:26 pm

Does anyone know anything about Blackfly's new prototype the Condor I've seen it in video of ALF but that's all.
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Re: Condor

Post by TonyB » Sun Mar 29, 2015 6:17 pm

A couple of prototypes were made for the team to abuse and Jeremy can make changes. They were around 11-6, and super fast. They weren't much heavy the then the octane 91, but were made thin and about the width of the 85. Looked along the same edge design.
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Post by Wendy » Sun Mar 29, 2015 9:15 pm

If you go to the FB GDI page you will see video of the Condor, or the Blackfly page.

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Re: Condor

Post by magicmike » Mon Mar 30, 2015 12:26 am

Why 11 feet? Is it for extra hull speed for races? Is it gonna be outfitted tandem? Is it to replace all of the "longboats", now that there is no Royalex? Inquiring minds want to know. -M- :D

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Re: Condor

Post by RodeoClown » Wed Apr 01, 2015 12:44 am

I've got a half a dozen witty answers for "what's it for?" when people ask about the Condor. My favorite is "It's for when you hear banjos."

But seriously... The simplest way to sum up the purpose of the boat is "Easy to paddle fast."

What does that mean?
Well, it has to be user friendly, forgiving, nimble, dry, AND fast. It's probably not the fastest 11' boat out there, but it does have plenty of get up and go. It accelerates out of drops really well.

Well, as you pointed out, with Royalex disappearing, there's a gap for a "long" plastic boat, so I figured I'd fill it. While I've been pretty interested in racing lately, I don't think of it primarily as a "race boat." It's going to be a really good boat for that, but I think of it more as a "speed cruising" boat for hard whitewater. That could be racing (It might even make a passable slalom boat), or doing long self-support trips (I really want to do an all-canoe Grand Canyon self support trip), or just doing long stretches of river. On the other hand, I've also found that so far, it's just a really good, nimble, responsive boat that moves around the river really well, and jumping back in a short boat after paddling the Condor for a while felt weird, so I've been enjoying paddling it on just about everything.

It's still very much a work in progress, and with the busy season for production starting up, and other factors, I'm not sure how much work I'm going to get done on it in the next few months. At this point, I don't anticipate it going into production this year.
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Re: Condor

Post by magicmike » Wed Apr 01, 2015 12:58 am

Jeremy - Thanks so much for the info! Maybe call it "The Banjo" ?-M- :D

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Post by Sir Adam » Wed Apr 01, 2015 1:06 am

Thank you for the update:)
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Re: Condor

Post by kaz » Wed Apr 01, 2015 1:52 am

The need for speed. Nice ;).

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