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Ichabod Spoonbill

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Inexpensive Pocket Cruiser
« on: April 05, 2019, 05:36:27 AM »
I'm going to be doing a lot of on-water teaching this summer, and I was thinking of getting myself a Bic Tough-Tec as a knockaround board. There's also a really good offer on these boards from the ACA, like 50% off.

I was wondering if a 9'2" would float me well. The board is 145 liters, and I'm about 205. I could get a 10'6", but I would rather go smaller. Would this work?
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Re: Inexpensive Pocket Cruiser
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2019, 07:14:55 AM »
Can't speak to this particular board but I'm a little heavier than you and my 9-6 145 liter board floats me fine. Actually paddles really well in calm flat water for it's size also. I put some miles on it last weekend when it was glassy.
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Re: Inexpensive Pocket Cruiser
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2019, 08:14:14 AM »
How much do you weigh, Scallop?
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Re: Inexpensive Pocket Cruiser
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2019, 09:15:09 AM »
That's personal...

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Creek has a video paddling the same 9-6 Steeze in flat water and I think he was possibly heavier than me at the time of the video but you could ask him.
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Re: Inexpensive Pocket Cruiser
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2019, 09:50:52 AM »
That's personal...

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Creek has a video paddling the same 9-6 Steeze in flat water and I think he was possibly heavier than me at the time of the video but you could ask him.

Thank you Scallop, and having paddled with Creek, I already know the answer to that!
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Re: Inexpensive Pocket Cruiser
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2019, 10:34:05 AM »
145 liters would float me fine at 225 lbs. I wouldn't be able to paddle it very fast, but at 31.5 " and a wider tail it should be stable. Looks like it'd be fun to surf too. A little heavy.

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Re: Inexpensive Pocket Cruiser
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2019, 10:49:01 AM »
IS at 145 l and 31.5" wide that should be a pretty stable platform for you.  She is a heavy girl at 30lbs, and if it has that old-skool handle, that might be less than ideal.  But, it's a board that will take a beating for sure.

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Re: Inexpensive Pocket Cruiser
« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2019, 11:18:25 AM »
In the early 80's when I started windsurfing, I had a few BIC and F2 roto-molds that I could literally run in the rocks. I used to launch off of a rock jetty. I just dragged those boards over the boulders. I kept the BIC's for 25 years and it became my son's first paddleboard.

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Re: Inexpensive Pocket Cruiser
« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2019, 12:35:08 PM »
I have a 10'6" ace-tec, and it is damn heavy. I can imagine the tough-tec is even heavier.
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Re: Inexpensive Pocket Cruiser
« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2019, 12:46:25 PM »
I have a 10'6" ace-tec, and it is damn heavy. I can imagine the tough-tec is even heavier.

Yeah, Iím prepared for that. This board is going to beaten up, so the weight is kind of secondary. Iím also interested in putting a board like this through itís paces. I think of it as taking a VW Beetle cross country or something.
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Re: Inexpensive Pocket Cruiser
« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2019, 02:09:47 PM »
Ichabod Spoonbill, I had one and the ltrs might b be correct but the board is heavy and its like riding less than 100ltr board.

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Re: Inexpensive Pocket Cruiser
« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2019, 09:09:00 PM »
Bic Sup’s website has “Special Offers”  including the Ace-Tec version of that board for 50% off.  It’s  the Oxbow Search version. I can’t imagine the need for anything tougher than the plastic shell of Ace-Tec. It would be relatively lighter weight.
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Re: Inexpensive Pocket Cruiser
« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2019, 07:01:07 AM »
Bic Supís website has ďSpecial OffersĒ  including the Ace-Tec version of that board for 50% off.  Itís  the Oxbow Search version. I canít imagine the need for anything tougher than the plastic shell of Ace-Tec. It would be relatively lighter weight.

Dusk, I see that. Thank you. I'm on a very tight budget these days, but maybe. BTW, if you saw the rocky shores here, you might think differently.
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Re: Inexpensive Pocket Cruiser
« Reply #13 on: April 06, 2019, 08:08:37 AM »
Ichabod

Just being the devils advocate, if you are not going to surf it, use it for teaching,  cruising and have a rocky shoreline........why not a good quality inflatable? My brother and sister in-law have two 10í6Ē Red Paddleboard Rides and they love them. One they got on sale for about $700 US and the other have been paddling for about 7 years. Rocky shoreline of a little lake in the interior of BC. They seem indestructible.

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Re: Inexpensive Pocket Cruiser
« Reply #14 on: April 06, 2019, 08:40:12 AM »
Ich,  About 2001, I bought a Mini-Mal from a friend's rental inventory that he may have had in service for 6yrs or longer.  I bought it because there were, inexplicably, inserts for foot straps.  I surf-kited with it.  It took an absolute thrashing, like a Fiat cab in Syria. Your rocks may scar it and try to gouge it, but other than bust a fin, I don't think it would hurt it much. (photos on this computer only go back to '06, but I likely have a picture..)

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