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 Post subject: Re: Hellman Otter
PostPosted: January 9th, 2010, 12:35 pm 
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Hey Pat,

I have been paddling OC1 and the Otter almost a year now. I really like the boat. It has a good combination of stability and responsiveness that I like. The edges will get you though if your not paying attention. :wink: I added an electric bilge pump and looking to add some foam padding to the sides.

I missed Rivers Week and instead drove up to Prince George with friends for a 5 day playboat workshop with Lyle, which greatly improved my paddling skills. Would like to go take his advanced course someday. He is a great instructor. He also paddles an Otter as well as a custom, cut down Clipper viper and we had both Otters out on a couple of those days which was a lot fun, especially to see what he could do with the boat. I haven't had much time to work on my roll, still very weak and I need to start going to pools sessions again. I was getting some nice rolls in the lake this summer.

We are now in winter paddling season, mixed with skiing. Six of us ran the Koksilah River just before Christmas. First time for me and two other. The other 3 hadn't paddled it in a couple years. It needs a good amount of rain for a runnable level and is hit and miss. Beautiful run, can't wait to do it again.
If you follow this link to the VCKC newsletter,
http://www.vckc.ca/Newsletter/Jan10-News.pdf
there is a picture of me in the Otter running burnt bridge drop on the Kok.

Looking forward another great paddling year in 2010 (Nahanni year for us!!).
Mike


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