River Elf Storm Giant

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River Elf Storm Giant

Post by Sir Adam » Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:29 pm

A few years ago after getting my Storm Chaser I commented to Chris that they should lengthen it and make a recreational C2 as it had great potential to be an awesome boat, and there really aren't many recreational C2's out there (Hydra Duet and Canoah Americana are the only two that come to mind in recent (past 40 years!) times. I told them if they made one I'd commit to purchasing one.

So, now that they did, I have, and received it the other day. GREAT looking boat, very well built, and exceptionally well packed for shipping north (if I ever decide to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel, I'm having them pack it!).

Unfortunately this time of year most of our water is of the solid variety (in the middle of a 12-18" snow storm right now), but come spring I very much look forward to getting out on the water!

In theory if we make it down to the North Branch for the last weekend in April the Storm Giant will be on the roof....

If anyone wants to check it (or the rest of the "museum") out I'm still in the Lake George / Saratoga region of upstate NY, right on the Hudson.
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Re: River Elf Storm Giant

Post by River Elf C1s » Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:05 am

Hey Adam - thanks so much for the recent order and all of your work here at cboats "keeping the C!" ;) - we appreciate the post and look forward to hearing how things go once the snow thaws. Thanks again!
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Re: River Elf Storm Giant

Post by mkoeppe » Sat Mar 23, 2019 4:10 pm

My husband and I also have the new River Elf C2. We are just finishing outfitting it and will have it on the river next week. We also live in the north (Wisconsin) so have needed to wait for snow and ice to melt. It's a beautiful looking boat and extremely well built. Plan to take it on the Owyhee River in Oregon this spring for a 6 day trip (with an outfitter). I will post a review once we've had it out on the water a bit.

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Re: River Elf Storm Giant

Post by mkoeppe » Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:09 pm

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River Elf Storm Giant C2 - outfitting
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River Elf Storm Giant C2 - outfitting
Our new River Elf Storm Giant C2, getting it outfitted for our first river trip this week. See attached pictures. Love the royal blue color we picked!
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Re: River Elf Storm Giant

Post by Kelly-Rand » Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:54 am

Looks real nice. Can't wait to hear how it paddles.
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Re: River Elf Storm Giant

Post by mkoeppe » Sat Mar 30, 2019 3:33 pm

We paddled the Baraboo River (about 1 hour north of Madison, WI
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) yesterday. It’s a Class 1 river, but with nice volume (~1400 cfs yesterday), so there were some nice places to practice ferries, eddy turns, peel outs and some surfing.

We absolutely love the boat! Here are some things that we noticed:
• Extremely comfortable and roomy both for bow and stern paddler.
• The trim seemed good.
• Even though it’s extremely short for a C2 it carries decent speed.
• Handling is a bit like our Vajda slalom C2 – it tracks well and snaps right into eddies with little to no sliding
• Seems like we need a bit less angle on ferries (compared to a slalom boat), but started to figure out that we needed to put the boat up on edge more if we started to lose the angle.
• Flat spins are easy and fast
• Extremely easy to paddle – just a dream!! Very forgiving.
• I think you could put a fairly inexperienced canoer in the bow and have a fun time on Class II rivers
• For me in the stern it was easy to bring it back to the right (I’m lefty stern) when the boat was angling too far left. That’s always been hard for me, but with this short boat, that seemed easier. Will find out more when we get on harder whitewater.
• Surfing is easy and fun!

My husband (bow) has his seat at 6.75 inches and the boat felt very stable. Can likely have an even higher seat. My seat height is 5.75 inches. The hip blocks are solid and give a very snug fit. We are using the Snap Dragon custom spray skirts which seal very well.
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Re: River Elf Storm Giant

Post by mkoeppe » Sat Mar 30, 2019 3:36 pm

I would add that at 10'9" long, this C2 is amazing! We are looking forward to many many fun trips!

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Re: River Elf Storm Giant

Post by River Elf C1s » Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:43 am

You guys look great in that boat - thanks for the nice review Mary!
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