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Old 03-28-2019, 10:12 AM   #1
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Default Looking for opinion on Eddyline Rio

I am in the market for a more appropriate boat for use on local flat-water rivers than the one I have now. The stats all look good for a female of my size and considerable experience, but Eddyline isn't promoting the Rio as a river boat despite its name (Spanish for river). The recommended paddler size, length, width and light weight of the Rio are what attracts me to it. Just wondering whether anyone in this club has experience with this boat on rivers like, for example, the Shenango and the Mohican. I paddle a lot of very shallow rivers with rocky bottoms, but can read water so am generally able to minimize the scraping and banging. My fiberglass boat, which is not designed to be a river boat, has held up well to the abuses to which it has been subjected on the rivers.

Thanks for any input you can share.

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Old 03-28-2019, 10:25 PM   #2
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Hello Erin,
nice to hear from you. We have paddled the west fork of beaver creek and Cuyahoga Kent section together.

The only thing I know of the rio is it is a ABS style plastic. Stronger than fiber glass but not as strong Rotomolded polyethylene.

In the long run with rivers like Beaver Creek and Mohican that have rocky bottoms is the ABS will start to crack quicker then the Rotomolded polyethylene.
But knowing how good of a paddler you are will also make the abs last longer.

Also on the up side the abs is lighter than Rotomolded polyethylene.

I can use Ken and Cheryl as a good example, when they do lakes or parts of the Mahoning they use an abs style plastic kayaks that are super light. Any time they might do shallow water or more rocky water they switch to the heaver plastic kayaks.

Hope this help, not sure if it will
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Old 03-29-2019, 05:34 AM   #3
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Thanks, Mike. Your input was helpful. I sent you an email with more of a response, but did want to mention here that I am hoping to learn a bit about the boat's handling, stability and comfort if any out there has paddled one. Ken, if you are reading this I'd love to hear chat with you about the ABS boats you and Cheryl paddle.
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Old 03-29-2019, 09:19 AM   #4
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Welcome to the "lighter vs heavy & durable" boat conumdrum.

We like our 3-layer ABS Hurricanes for ease of carrying around and loading. They also seem to be a bit more nimble on the water and handle well in a variety of conditions.

As Mike noted... There are some trade-offs with any ABS boat. They need a bit more care than polyethylene most of which you are used to with your fiberglass boat. We don't drag them on land. We enter/exit parallel to the shore (dirt or cement ramp). When we do get stuck on rock or gravel we get out and walk rather than grind by pushing with paddle. Basically we avoid or minimize anything abrasive. We do still take out our 10 ft Perception Prodigies occassionally for a rock garden trip.

You know K & C paddle flat or moving water (within our capabilities). As far as moving water, our Hurricanes have been down the Grand with low water when we had to search for a channel with enough water. I've been down the Little Beaver a couple of times with TCT...one of which was a bit low and rocky. Two overnights on the Tionesta (one with you) and Clarion. At least 7 times down the Shenango below dam. Several times on the Mahoning some of which had some fun rapids. I think we did the lower Mohigan with you a few years back. And one 11 mile trip down the Big Darby when water was about 1 inch above walking level...we bumped the whole way. And lots more paddles!

Our Hurricanes now have 5 full seasons on them. The bottoms do have scratches and nicks...mine more than Chery's. I have a small crack from a sharp rock on the Clarion and another small crack on a spot that flexes a bit when sliding over a log/rock. ABS is easy to to repair. If I wear mine out in a few more years I'll buy another ABS. We do take reasonable care of them.

ABS choices? Hurricane, Eddyline. Delta 12 or 12.10

These ABS boats seem always to be noted as recreational or light touring and suitable for flat easy slow rivers or lakes... I guess they don't paddle Ohio?

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