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I'm a big fan of my Jefe Grande. LL seats are the…

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I'm a big fan of my Jefe Grande. LL seats are the best in the business. I've never used it to any the even remotely close to its potential. I'm still not that great a WW paddler, but I've done quite a few class 3+ rides in my Grande. Most of the people I paddle with run Piranha or Dagger play boats, while you can surf in a Jefe it takes a LOT more effort. The grande is built like a tank which also meant it is HEAVY. Depending on where you paddle, Put-in / take-out / portage, this can be more or less of an issue. Recently I have been doing a lot more flat water playing with the kids, while that is clearly not the intended purpose of the Jefe it's kinda fun to get up a head of steam, stop paddling and spin in circles or pass the kids with the boat facing perpendicular to the direction of travel.

I am 53 years old 165 lbs. I consider myself a strong…

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I am 53 years old 165 lbs. I consider myself a strong intermediate paddler. Creeks most often paddled now a days... the Top and upper Yough. Been using a CFS on the top for several years now and everything from an ultrafuge to an RPM to a remix to a i4 on the upper.

I have got to say the Jefe is a great boat. Not as much fun as an RPM or other play boats but at my age this is one sweet boat when water is getting high. The Jefe tracks well, has decent speed, stays on top of the water very well and is super comfortable and forgiving. I have a Re-mix 5.9 and the Jefe is as quick and tracks much better because it stays on top so well. The high bow is easy to point and get to where you need to be.

Overall I would give the Jefe a 9 out of 10 and that is only because it does not play all that well but that is not what it was intended to do anyway. All around great boat for those looking for something stable in pushy water.

Excellent choice for steep creeks. This boat can handle ANY navigable whitewater…

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Excellent choice for steep creeks. This boat can handle ANY navigable whitewater on the planet. A semi displacement hull makes it very easy to roll. It's not quite as easy to turn and doesn't really snap into the eddy’s as well as my Pyranha H3. There is enough storage room for moderate whitewater expeditions (up to a week). LL hit a homerun with this design.