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Jackson 4 Fun Whitewater Kayak For Sale

DRC
user 4400007
Austin, TX
Post #: 28
FOR SALE

2006 Jackson 4 Fun Whitewater Kayak (River Running Playboat)
$150


Immersion Research Shockwave Spray Skirt
(designed for beginner to intermediate whitewater paddlers, but works great for sea kayaking and other types of paddling as well)
XL cockpit size (fits the above boat)
L tunnel size (33-36" waist)
$50

The Jackson Fun Series kayaks are designed for those who want a whitewater boat that can run big mountain rivers (up to and including Class V) but also want to do some surfing/playboating on the side. The 4 Fun is specifically designed for paddlers 160-200 lbs in weight with up to a 36" inseam.

I've had this boat since 2007, and it is well-used, but apart from the scuffing that is normal for any boat that gets paddled a lot in whitewater (see pic below), the hull is in great shape, and everything on the boat works. Since it doesn't rain much around here, I've paddled it maybe 1-2 times a month on average, mostly at Rio Vista Whitewater Park in San Marcos, so it's in good shape considering its age.

This is an ideal boat for a beginner whitewater paddler, since it's easy to roll and surf but has enough volume and length to make it forgiving in real rapids. Also, if you later decide you don't really want to pursue the sport, you won't be out much money (these boats cost $1000 new.)

Despite being beginner-friendly, this boat will not limit you as you build your skills. I've taken it on some significant whitewater, including the Arkansas and the Cache La Poudre in Colorado (Class III-IV), the Ocoee in Tennessee (Class III-IV), and numerous local runs, including Barton Creek at up to 1200 cfs (Class III-III+) and the Lower Guadalupe at 5000 cfs (Class III.)

DISCLAIMER: This is a real whitewater boat, so proper instruction and gear are required in order to use it safely. It's designed for paddling mountain rivers, so the hull requires current in order to track well. Thus, beginners may find it difficult to keep straight on flat water until they learn how to properly control the boat. In short, not an ideal boat for Town Lake.

If you are just starting out as a whitewater paddler, you will additionally need to purchase a paddle, a spray skirt (I'm selling one that fits this boat-- see above), a paddle jacket (PFD), and a helmet. You cannot use recreational paddles effectively with a whitewater boat. You'll need a whitewater paddle.

SPECS

  • Weight: 30.6 lbs
  • Length: 6' 9"
  • Width: 26.0"
  • Height: 13.5"
  • Volume: 57.0 gal
  • Max Inseam: 36"
  • Max Foot Size: Men's size 14
  • Optimum Paddler Weight: 160-200 lbs

Boat includes "sweet cheeks" and "happy feet", which are bags with pellets in them that go below your feet and under your butt. They both have a nozzle that you blow into to inflate them, then you position your butt and feet, then let the air out for a perfect fit.


DRC
user 4400007
Austin, TX
Post #: 31
Sold
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