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Sunburst

by Blue Hole

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i had been searching for a blue hole canoe for 2 years…

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i had been searching for a blue hole canoe for 2 years at least one that decently priced.i was working one day and we had got some new hires i was talking to him bout canoeing cause i live 10 minutes away and i just loved it . then he said man i got this canoe in front of my house and i need it gone or taken to the dump i said i would. i drove out to his house after work and said where this boat, you needed hauled off? he didn't have a clue what it was and i told him bout blue hole canoes, oldtowns and buffalo canoes. well it was in his back yard and it was a blue whole, i told him man thats a blue hole he said man its yours my wife wants it gone. i don't have anywhere to put it i said you sure! 10 times and thats how i got my blue hole it swift it rough and tough, and steady!

This was my first canoe. It is a great boat that…

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This was my first canoe. It is a great boat that handles some decent whitewater. It's a dry ride and holds a line nicely. Of course, it's a bit more difficult to maneuver because of a lack of rocker. I had it outfitted with a triple foam saddle, so tandem was a great option. Plenty of room for 2. Solid layup of Royalex made it super tough. I kind of miss it, but had to move on...

Over the last fifty-some years I have owned about 50 kayaks and…

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Over the last fifty-some years I have owned about 50 kayaks and canoes, and the one that will always mean the most to me is the old Blue Hole that those Tennessee boys built in the 1970s, (and for competition in the memory lane, there is the Phoenix big man kayak made in an old school up in Tyner, KY).

I'm sure there are improvements on the Royalex boats today, but Blue Hole deserves the credit for giving us white water idiots one of the first boats that came close to being indestructible. It was just intelligently made and designed from one end to the other. Until Kevlar came along, I didn't think there would ever be a better river boat.
Thanks, Blue Hole, for the memories.

Purchased my blue hole from an outfitter, that was very knowledgeable about…

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Purchased my blue hole from an outfitter, that was very knowledgeable about this 17 ft. expedition ABS. Was very stable on 1 through 3 class rapids and would haul an extreme load. I was new to canoeing but what I liked in experience the blue hole took care of that in dependability. Sold it around 15 yrs. ago, to my regret. So now after weeks of searching for a replacement, decided on the Nova Craft 16 Prospector, in Tuff Stuff Expedition, Kevlar skid plates and shoe keel. I believe it will fill the bill for the old faithful Blue Hole. Order has been placed on 7/2/15. Excitement every where.

I have a Sunburst II model. I bought this boat for…

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I have a Sunburst II model. I bought this boat for white water river tripping and outfitted it with a seat rather than saddle. This boat does what I expected it to do. Reasonably maneuverable, and tracks reasonably as well. A good compromise between something that can be played in and something that can go the distance too. I have little to compare this boat against but I'm satisfied with it.

Being a rather inexperienced paddler I don't know how much use this…

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Being a rather inexperienced paddler I don't know how much use this is going to be for some of you. I found this boat to be lots of fun and fairly easy to surf and great to play in. Really fun to side surf and depending on the outfitting it can be pretty wet. Overall I'm having a great time with it.

It's been a long time since I've paddled mine, so let's see…

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It's been a long time since I've paddled mine, so let's see... I agree with the other guy, it is a pretty wet boat by nature. It is a docile boat, and will let you do what you can. I'm a big guy, so the boat and I fit pretty well. Could roll it if you wanted to. Also you could roll your boat into or away from wave, rock, tree, quite nicely and hold the angle really just leaning a bit on your paddle. Pretty low initial stability but very controllable to the edge secondary stability. Takes a beating. I pitoned something on the lower Gauley and twisted the boat a few inches like a rope, had significant dents and bumps over its lifetime, and the boat didn't care one bit. But, as long as it isn't TOO twitchy, I'd rather have a more nimble boat. I give it an eight because it gets you down the river, lets you play, and does so day after day.

This boat is a great mild white water boat. It tends to…

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This boat is a great mild white water boat. It tends to be a bit wet in class II rapids but is very good for sharp eddy turns. Stability is very comfortable for the beginner to intermediate paddler. Overall it is a very good boat overall river boat. It is easy to paddle straight in the pools and especially in wind. When you hit the mild rapids (class II) you will have a good time in the waves and can surf easily. I would'nt recommend a tandem setup thought. Have fun!