When you buy a new boat it can take a while to get use to its new characteristics, living in this country this normally happens on a spate run. Ideally you would of already broken the boat in by this point (not literally!), so that the boat is one less thing to worry about or use as an excuse! .
Since there hasn’t been much effective rain recently I used this weekend to get to know my boat. First on Saturday I tried it on the reliable HFLF section of the Tees and yesterday I took it to the Dam release at the Washburn. At the Tees I learnt how it paddled over drops and yesterday I just got to know my boat intimately, a good way I find of doing this is to find a friendly hole and play in it all day.
I cant say enough how good this boat is, I just wish we had some big volume rivers as this is where it really comes into its element. On these types of rivers in Norway is where I originally fell in love with this boat. However, don’t be put off by this statement as it is definitely holding its own on UK style rivers. I am looking forward to using it in Scotland next week.
* Update on the thigh braces – they are definitely holding me secure in the boat, so much so after yesterday my thighs are bruised. So the excuse from Raptor owners of “I fell out of my boat” certainly cant exist with the Director.