Fluid Kayaks - Team Blog

To content | To menu | To search

Spring Moose Fest - Bazooka Testing

Photo: Scott Martin Images - Words: Alan Panebaker

I rolled up to the park in Lyons Falls, N.Y., late Saturday morning to find my friend Scott Martin with a whole fleet of Fluid boats for Spring Moosefest. We hopped in the new medium Bazookas and jumped right into the mix on the Bottom Moose.

After about a dozen or so strokes in the brand new boat, I lined up on Fowlersville, the first big slide on the New York classic. The water was just high enough to drive for the auto-boof on the left side of the rapid. Boom! I went soaring into the eddy, clearing the hole.

Alan_Panebaker_Moose_Fest_2012___scott_martin.jpg

“This things all right,” I thought.

Alan_Panebaker_Moose_Fest_2012___scott_martin-3.jpg

The next rapid, Knife’s Edge, has a tight boof just off the right shore. Most people were missing it and falling off into the hole on the left. I charged through the boil at the top, barely caught the boof flake with my bow, and did some sort of past-vertical boof, landing on my stern upright.

Alan_Panebaker_Moose_Fest_2012___scott_martin-4.jpg

Picture_4.jpg

Alan_Panebaker_Moose_Fest_2012___scott_martin-6.jpg

Picture_2.jpg

Alan_Panebaker_Moose_Fest_2012___scott_martin-7.jpg

Picture_2.jpg

Alan_Panebaker_Moose_Fest_2012___scott_martin-8.jpg

Picture_1.jpg

Alan_Panebaker_Moose_Fest_2012___scott_martin-15.jpg

This is all to say, in the first 20 minutes of paddling the boat, I started to dig it.

The Moose is kind of a point-and-shoot type river, but I found the Bazooka really responsive on the tighter lines and catching challenging eddies.

Weighing in at a stout 140 pounds, I thought the medium might be a bit much boat for me, but at least on the Moose, it seemed about right. The big stern helps you clear through holes and power out of rapids.

The high-volume nature of the boat, particularly the stern, could take a little getting use to. I noticed on boofs with a lot of water pushing through, it helped me stay on top of the flow. On scrapy rapids, like Agers Falls, which is usually an easy auto-boof, I found it kind of tough to keep my bow up.

Alan_Panebaker_Moose_Fest_2012___scott_martin-13.jpg

All in all, paddling the Bazooka on the Moose was a kick in the pants. As always, it was tough to say goodbye on Sunday and head back to work, but so it goes.

Alan_Panebaker_Moose_Fest_2012___scott_martin-14.jpg

Author: Scott Martin

Comments (0)

Comments are closed



You might also like

Great Falls

Great Falls Race and River & Trail Demo Day

The dog days of summer are in full force in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US. With the low water...

Continue reading

1547944_10151928551152747_1031303110_o.jpg

Spring Update 2014

This year has flown by. It has been GREAT. I have managed to paddle a bunch of new river which is...

Continue reading