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GT 8.1 Reviews

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(3 Consumer Reviews)

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These are very comfy boats...

These are very comfy boats to paddle. The seat and footrest are easy to adjust. They have impeccable river manners, and loads of straight-line speed due to the length of the hull. But although the hull is fast, it is not a short planing hull in the modern playboat style, so it’s not really been designed for spinning on shallow holes or green waves.

This is my second boat. ...

This is my second boat. My first was a percetption mirage (13.2') so really no comparison. The ONLY bad thing that I have found about it is the fact that it is so forgiving that I can get away with alot of bad technique! I have had it on everything from ocean waves to class IV. Plenty of volume for big water but still fun on playwaves. Very stable and easy to roll.

So I wanted a whitewater...

So I wanted a whitewater boat to surf in....as in ocean surf...here in RI there is no real whitewater to speak of except for the salty kind....so I was looking for a boat to take to the sea....I had been using a Perception Corsica Matrix for about two years and I was ready to move into a planing hull boat...figured that I wanted to keep some extra volume for the surf (easier through the break etc) so searching around I discovered this boat...

Well I have had it and used it now for about 3.5 months....LOVE IT...great boat to surf with if you are just looking to surf...play-well different matter...there is a lot of volume to this boat so it is impossible to get it to do anything flatwater wise....but to ender on a wave easy!!!! Especially with so much volume in the bow I find myself popping back out....and reverse enders easier than anything plus simple to turn into a pirouette....but my favorite thing is to: back surf.....this boat is phenomenal at that!!!! Many times I will be zipping by the local boarders backwards with them staring at me....then 10 flat spin and out I go.....

So overall this is a great boat for me...I am 200# 5'10" and the boat fits like a dream...I have surfed in 1-2' waves with it (a wee bit sluggish of course) and 10-12' waves in it (a freakin’ blast!!!!)...