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Offline Bellybuster

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Re: 1st ride Tarpon 140
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2010, 04:46:12 AM »
Show me how to fish off one of these beasts while we are at it.

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Derek

I'd have to figure that out myself.


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Re: 1st ride Tarpon 140
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2010, 04:46:12 AM »
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Re: 1st ride Tarpon 140
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2010, 10:58:20 PM »

I bet the mango is faster that the sand colour.

L

you know it!!!  :P

Man! You should see the "blem" mango 120 go!

I do like the sand colour though.

Belly,

You would think they would have offered you a discount on the blue!

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Re: 1st ride Tarpon 140
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2010, 08:41:39 PM »
I may very well take you up on that.  Correction to my last post meant that I would be taking boats out for testing in the spring.  I may paddle your boat away and not bring it back>>>jk. :D  That would be really cool.  I will hold you to that that for a day next spring.  Show me how to fish off one of these beasts while we are at it.

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Re: 1st ride Tarpon 140
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2010, 08:15:36 PM »
derek, if you're ever up Wasaga Beach way, I have several yaks and you can try the Tarpon on for size.

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Re: 1st ride Tarpon 140
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2010, 08:11:37 PM »
took the Tarpon for a spin today. Went up river about 3 kms then drifted back down.
   

Thanks for the great first paddle report.  The 140 is on my top three, and based on the reviews I have read, likely my number one choice.  O will be taking the boats out in the fall for tests.  Keep the reports coming in.

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Re: 1st ride Tarpon 140
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2010, 08:08:34 PM »

I bet the mango is faster that the sand colour.

L

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Re: 1st ride Tarpon 140
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2010, 07:31:59 PM »
Your are right that it is hard to turn without the rudder due to hull design.

The handle/rudder issue isn't much of an issue you simply mover the rudder to one side to grab the handle.

The pockets seem to stay fairly dry for me as the are under my thighs most of the time so they don't get much in the way of splashes but I am not sure why the mesh is there, I guess it would hold the stuff in the pockets if you were to flip, other than that they are in the way.

I bet the mango is faster that the sand colour.

I plan on keeping the open cockpit the same as you are, love the space.

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Re: 1st ride Tarpon 140
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2010, 07:20:41 PM »
nice review.

yep there seat is the best there is.,,but its not just because the seat its all the mold around it to. that make it like that..they always been great now there better.

yep they did mist on those side pocket taugh..but this is so min..great boat great purchase you got there bud.

cong again.

joco
« Last Edit: September 19, 2010, 07:23:48 PM by joco »

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Re: 1st ride Tarpon 140
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2010, 06:51:16 PM »
Congratulations,

I knew you would feel that you finally got it right. For tight turns remember you've got your daughter's Tarpon 100 for river duty. I had my 120 out for the first time last week. I've used my 160 all season long but with an upcoming river float I needed to figure out how to stow my rods, cooler and gear. My 160 cuts the water like a knife but the 120 is no slouch either. Wilderness has been at it long enough that they can turn out a very efficient well designed product. From my positive experience with my Tarpons I am definitely a Wilderness Systems advocate.

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Any evidence of salmon in the river?

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1st ride Tarpon 140
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2010, 06:11:00 PM »
took the Tarpon for a spin today. Went up river about 3 kms then drifted back down.
   Initial though was stability, that thing is rock solid. The multi chined hull does its job well. You would have to try to ever tip this thing.
   The boat is super fast, took half the effort of any of my other boats even upstream. It is also very dry, the water was just at the top of the foot scuppers and only came in if I rocked the boat hard.
   I have to give credit where due, the seat is better than the Native. Can't believe I'm sayin that but it is. feels like it was custom fit to my azz.
   The boat tracks really well and the rudder is not a requirement at all until you want to turn, it does take a bit of effort to turn this puppy without the rudder
   I'll say it again, Wilderness just plain got it right. This boat is everything I thought it would be.
  Any complaints??
  Bit heavy but with a cart no problem
  The small pockets under your thigh are nice but I can see them filling with splashed water.
  I was by myself so the rudder over the handle thing was not an issue.

 

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