Kayak conversions—and catching up!
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Author:  swriverstone [ Sat May 12, 2018 6:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Kayak conversions—and catching up!

Hey Everyone!

It's probably been years since I last posted here, so great to see the forum alive and well. :-)

I'm living in Eugene, Oregon now—the land of "See what? See one—is that what you said? What is that???" ;-) Due to life obligations, I've paddled almost none since moving out west (from West Virginia) and I'm missing it!

I still have my slalom C-1 (A Zealot, circa 1996) which is in decent condition—but dammit (and I knew this would happen sooner or later) it's too uncomfortable to paddle only occasionally. Sure, if I started paddling several times a week I'd stretch my ankles and knees out again...but that's not likely to happen. :-(

I also have an ancient Perception Slasher, which is a little more comfortable...though I dunno how much longer the plastic hull will hold up before spontaneously dissolving back into its original powdered form, LOL.

At best, I figure I might be able to get out on the river once a week...maybe only a few times a month (though hopefully more during the summer). So I'm starting to think about roomier options that won't kill my ankles. Oh, and did I say I'm too broke right now to afford something like a River Elf? (Beautiful boats, but I'm on a tight budget these days.) So I'm just curious to see what the "latest" (read: new/old) options are still around for kayak-to-C-1 conversions?

I'm just assuming (though might be wrong) that nobody is actually making a plastic C-1 these days—and also assuming there are only a few small shops making glass boats (the Soileau brothers, Millbrook Boats, etc.). this is why I'm pondering a plastic kayak-to-C-1 conversion.

I was prompted to post this when I noticed a local used sporting goods gear store had an old New Wave Quantum kayak for sale ($220). I like the look of the design—very long, fast, and slalom-boatish, which is what I want.

I'm also wondering about a Dagger Green Boat conversion—anyone know if that's been done? The Green Boat seems long enough that it would fit the bill for hull speed.

With respect to all the playboaters out there today, I'm still a diehard slalom boater to the core—meaning I refuse to paddle a "clorox bottle" boat that's 5 feet long and has zero hull speed. :-) I'm too old to run steep creeks these days, so all I'm looking at doing is slalom-style moves on bigger class 2-3 rivers.

Anyway, hello to Neal, Adam, and anyone else still around who remembers me! LOL

Scott (Wilkinson)
Eugene, Oregon

Author:  mgs [ Sat May 12, 2018 11:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Kayak conversions—and catching up!

I wonder if the green boat would be very stable as a c1, being somewhat narrow and long for speed. The Remix makes a nice c1, but might not be as snappy as a more slalom friendly design. I've seen a few Dagger Atoms around the west for reasonable prices, sometimes on Craigslist (sometimes people don't know it's a c1 and call it a "kneeling kayak" or kids kayak) - a pretty fun boat for the type of paddling you describe if you can find one nearby.

Zet sells a c1 version of one or more of their kayaks, but I don't have any first hand experience with them.

Author:  Paddle Power [ Sun May 13, 2018 2:40 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Kayak conversions—and catching up!

Welcome back Scott!

Author:  valhallalongboats [ Wed May 23, 2018 3:57 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Kayak conversions—and catching up!


I'm in Humboldt County these days, not terribly far from Eugene, and I'd been trying to find someone to take my old Dagger Cascade off my hands for years...with no success..I finally gave it to a young guy I trained to paddle OC-1...you know, just in case he wanted it...and mostly to get it out of my garage. I don't think he's super enamored of the decked boat experience, so he might be willing to sell it. Its down in the bay area and he's working in Saipan, so it might take a bit to get it...but if you're interested I'll inquire if he wants to sell it to you.


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