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Re: Seeking feedback before getting a new board
« Reply #45 on: January 17, 2021, 10:17:33 AM »
At this point, it's likely that I'll order a Jimmy Lewis 2018 U-boat 14 x 25 next week. It's a flat water racing board, lightweight, has a flat deck, is a full PVC sandwich construction from the Kinetic factory and it fits my budget. While I haven't seen many reviews or posts about the U-boat in recent years, the ones that I have seen are very positive. And of course Jimmy Lewis boards have a great reputation in general.
Jimmy Lewis U-Boat 14' x 25"
Red Paddle Sport 11' x 30"

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Re: Seeking feedback before getting a new board
« Reply #46 on: January 28, 2021, 09:03:40 PM »
I did it! I decided to pull the trigger and get a Jimmy Lewis U-Boat.

It was delivered today and other than a scratch on the top, it survived the journey surprisingly well. I would love to take it out on the water but unfortunately, it wonít be warm enough until March or April. I'm really curious to find out how different it paddles compared to my inflatable 11' and whether I went too narrow or not. I don't think I did since I paddle in pretty flat water but guess I'll have to wait a few months to find out. I didnít see many reviews about the U-boat so after Iíve had a chance to paddle it a bit I'll post a review. 

Here are the specs for my board:
  - Year: 2018
  - Dimensions: 14í x 25Ē
  - Volume: 271 liters
  - Weight: 23.6 lbs
  - Tail width: 11.25Ē
  - Hull Bottom: Flat with a slight concave down the middle

And here are some pictures of it.
Jimmy Lewis U-Boat 14' x 25"
Red Paddle Sport 11' x 30"

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Re: Seeking feedback before getting a new board
« Reply #47 on: January 29, 2021, 12:15:57 AM »
Nice looking board. I think it was a good choice. Let us know how it paddles... when you can...
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Re: Seeking feedback before getting a new board
« Reply #48 on: January 29, 2021, 06:48:03 AM »
Looks good.. NMP.   I was always hesitant about 'narrow' because I am a clumsy old fuc, so my brain established a base minimum width at ~32 no matter the length.  I bought a beautiful 12-6 from OZ because a guy rode alpine-sized waves in a video.  ...but, it was 28"!!  C'hit! 

The joke was on me - it was/is more stable than a 10-0 x 32 I have.  I am not smart enough to know why, but I would pretty much trust JL to not have made you something more suited for a log-rolling contest.  ...and tell your subconscious - it's 33".

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Re: Seeking feedback before getting a new board
« Reply #49 on: January 29, 2021, 12:36:03 PM »
That's awesome NM, great looking board... and JL peace of mind... 
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Re: Seeking feedback before getting a new board
« Reply #50 on: January 29, 2021, 09:17:30 PM »
Thanks for the encouragement everybody. I'm pretty stoked about it. The Jimmy Lewis reputation was definitely a factor in selecting it. And it sure is a pretty thing. Pictures don't do it justice.
Jimmy Lewis U-Boat 14' x 25"
Red Paddle Sport 11' x 30"

 


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