C1 Conversion and recommended "Paddler Weight"- Need Advice!

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C1 Conversion and recommended "Paddler Weight"- Need Advice!

Post by serpensphile » Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:27 pm

I want to convert an Axiom into a C1 (want a "comfortable", playful, river runner that I can surf and get vertical in). I already have the kit so all I need is the boat. I weight 180 lbs/82 kg, but by the time I get my pfd, helmet, paddle, water, snacks, throw rope, rescue gear (a lot) I'm sure I'll be pushing 200 lbs/91 kg.

Axiom 8.5: PADDLER WEIGHT: 130 - 210 LBS. / 59 - 95 KG
Axiom 9.0: PADDLER WEIGHT: 180 - 265 LBS. / 82 - 120 KG

So I'm thinking the "best fit" would be to go larger and try to find an Axiom 9.0. What do you think?

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Re: C1 Conversion and recommended "Paddler Weight"- Need Advice!

Post by Paddle Power » Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:38 pm

What are the boat specs for dimensions? Sometimes a little wider or longer is better for a C1.
Volume-wise, I might go for the smaller volume as C1 paddler weight is very centred.
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Re: C1 Conversion and recommended "Paddler Weight"- Need Advice!

Post by serpensphile » Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:16 am

Thanks for the reply!!!

The differences between the two are:

Axiom 8.5- Length- 8'6" Width- 25.5 " Volume-63 gal Paddler Weight Range: 130 - 210 lb

Axiom 9.0:- Length- 9' Width- 27.75" Volume-78 gal Paddler Weight Range: 180 - 265 lb

I'm ~180 lb but I figure with all my gear I'm putting around 200 lb in the boat total.

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Post by yarnellboat » Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:55 pm

I've suffered in some C-1s that were too small for me (or else I just don't like C-1ing, that could be it too!). So, my advice/bias is to go bigger.

Personally, I'd take a look at that width of the 8.5, I'd consider 25.5" to be too narrow, and I'd quickly move on.

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Post by serpensphile » Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:59 pm

Agree with you about the width. That's the one thing that got me. I'd love to find a playful river boat that had less volume than the 9.0 but the same width or wider!

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Post by Paddle Power » Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:50 pm

In general, if I'm boating with kayakers then I like a C1 that is slightly longer than what the kayakers are paddling because it's a bit faster of a boat that helps make up for my single blade.

And in general, because of the higher centre of gravity when paddling C1s, a slightly wider boat is preferred. A wider boat is also helpful if it means you can get your knees wider apart.
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Post by serpensphile » Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:41 pm

I agree with you there! It's hard to keep up at times with the 2-bladders!

My thought is I'm ALREADY used to paddling a larger boat (width and length) so bigger *MIGHT* better. I fall right in the middle with my weight so it's difficult to decide. There's not a lot of converted C1's around for me to try out! :D

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Post by yarnellboat » Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:50 am

Where are you?

Maybe you'll be surprised and find some local. Won't know unless you ask!

There's a Redline in Winnipeg that I'd be happy to have someone try (or buy).

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Post by serpensphile » Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:07 pm

I'm near Raleigh NC. I've got a few conversions I'm trying out. Most are play boats, however.

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Post by jscottl67 » Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:02 pm

If you haven't met them already, Cheajack is in that area and paddles both C1 and OC. Mike W is in Roanoke Rapids if my memory is correct and has a few C1s and conversions.

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