found a book on how to be invisible Take a pinch of keyhole And fold yourself up You cut along the dotted line You think inside out
And you’re invisible – k. bushWe got a new toy! It’s a Piranha I:3 222. We had been looking for a play boat for some time but I was having a hard time wading through all the options let alone coming up with the $1000+ bucks they cost these days. In talks with a friend I had decided on a used boat. I had also decided that my friend could pick the boat since he knows white water and I know nothing. Lesson #107, “if you know nothing about it, trust someone who does”. Well, we talked about a couple boats but I could not find one on the used market or get a response when I did email someone about a boat they had to sell. Then suddenly I had an opportunity to get a Piranha. I had to take it. Suffice to say we’ve been out all weekend playing with our new toy.
The one thing I really didn’t like about most whitewater boats that I had been in is how they rolled. WW boats seem to have only two positions, up and down. I remember trying a “Hoss” a couple times and having a really tough time just getting it over. Then when I was over I had to really snap that dog back up. This is nothing like a sea boat that comes up in a nice smooth roll. When talking to friends I was getting the feeling that this was just a play boat thing and I would have to get used to it. What a shock it was when I put the I:3 over easily and it rolled up smoothly. In fact it felt very similar to my sea boat in that aspect. I got really lucky there.
Yesterday we had a little wind and some baby waves on the local lake. As I rode in on the little 8 inch waves, I noticed how easy it was to get the nose to sink just by leaning forward. After some trial and error I found that with a little momentum from the waves I could push my feet down and lift my thighs against the braces and really dive the nose until I’d stall, lose my balance, and fall over sideways in a big splash. Wow! In real waves this is going to be a blast!
I’m not a white water dude and don’t really want to be. I just wanted a boat I could use for pools and rolling practice, and for those rare occasions when I had a surf to play in. It looks like the Piranha will be a perfect choice. What a great thing it is to just throw the boat in the back of the jeep and be off. No strapping, no 10 tones of gear, just “body, boat, blade” in it’s purest form. Oh, and the best part?? It’s red.