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15 years 1 month ago #2790 by PEDiamond
new Evo on Oahu was created by PEDiamond
just picked up what I think is the first Evo here in Hawaii...I am a veteran OC-1 and OC-6 paddler but new to surfskis...have tried the epic sport, conner C-ski, and Twogood Portlock, the Twogood the easiest for me prior to getting the Evo....I want to thank Bob Twogood for making the Evo available to me, and thank the designers for this wonderful ski....obviously I have little experience for comparison, but am blown away by how comfortable and stable this boat is, and what a pleasure it is to paddle...the majority out here are epic fanatics but this evo is so much more comfortable and less twitchy to me than the epic sport that I didnt hesitate to buy it.....any hints on maintenance or general upkeep?.....aloha....peter diamond

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15 years 1 month ago - 15 years 1 month ago #2791 by Franklin
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Congratulations Peter!
I have the Evo in Kevlar. Mine weighs 25.5 pounds. I love it, great boat.
I am heavy (225 pounds), I was scooting down and leaning back on the boat. I paddle with a pfd. I crushed the honeycomb in a small spot about four inches behind the seat. Totally my fault. If you have the lighter boat and are heavy, don't lean back to take breaks.
Daryl's boats are gorgeous. I love his seamless design.
I know you will enjoy your new boat and Daryl has been one of the finest people I have ever dealt with, very honest and really cares.
Best regards
Franklin Dickinson
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15 years 1 month ago #2794 by Seaugi
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Peter,

If you can, get your hands on the surfing rudder. I have found that it makes a bit of a difference when on medium sized cross chop. I guess its just that extra bit of depth that helps, I don't know, but I now paddle with it exclusively, I find it makes it feel more stable.

As for maintainence, the boat doesn't need much. I just have our club members rinse it after each use. I also put a small sponge in the rudder well. I rinse that as well every time (not really needed, but I've also never had a frozen rudder.)

You'll love the boat. Enjoy.

Sean

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15 years 1 month ago #2796 by PEDiamond
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thanks for the quick replies.....I also have the lightweight kevlar layup....I only weigh 165 so I dont think it will be a problem but thanks for the headsup....took it out in mild chop and 15 knot tradewinds today, no problems, am working up to a run with a buddy outside the reef in the real swells soon, I hope....the surfing rudder sounds like a good idea....what size is it as I may have it on now....did it have to be special ordered?.....thanks again...aloha....peter

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15 years 1 month ago #2805 by Sandy
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Peter- quick noteon the surf rudder , it works great however even with a weed guard it is a kelp and eelgrass catching fool ! I am thinking of making myself another with more rake as the factory one has little (double edge sword here as that may well be the design reason it works so well),good luck and yeah don't ya just love that evo bucket !Sandy

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15 years 1 month ago #2806 by Franklin
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Hi Peter
I forgot, what Sean said is great advice. My boat came with the triangular six inch rudder. With me on the boat, it did not like waves bigger than a couple of feet (unless perpendicular, broached. It would also not turn the boat very good on waves). I got Daryl's eight plus vertical rudder, awesome! Sadly, I loaned the big rudder to another buddy who also has an Evo...he lost it (oh well). If you have the "new" eight inch rudder (shaped kind of like a dolphin's dorsal fin) you have Daryl's new rudder, good for you. If your rudder is six inches and triangular, get one of Daryl's other bigger rudders and use the current rudder for flat water. the bigger rudder will totally change how your Evo performs in the waves!
Good luck
Franklin Dickinson

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15 years 1 month ago #2807 by Franklin
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I don't have eel grass or other rudder catching problems where I paddle. I have the rudder it sounds like you have, very vertical. Daryl's new rudder is big and it does have a lot of sweep in the forward edge. That rudder will probably work better where you have eel grass problems.
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Franklin Dickinson

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15 years 1 month ago #2808 by PEDiamond
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Franklin, Sandy and Sean: Thanks again for your replies....I do have the "new" rudder, it is over 8" and shaped roughly like a dorsal fin, so should be good in our usual swells...the rate limiting factor of course will be me and not the rudder, but any little advantage helps and I had read something about using a larger rudder elsewhere......we have gentle conditions forecast for the south shore this weekend so I hope to get out both days.....aloha.....peter

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15 years 1 month ago #2812 by bobmoffatt
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Hi guys,
I also have just fitted the new rudder (the one with the cutaway on the top of the trailing edge?).Only tried it a few times but certainly have noticed a difference especialy on larger waves. I always felt the smaller rudder was "out of the water" on anything larger then a couple of feet .

flat water speed seems to be a little better,its certainly a lot narrower than the standard rudder.Angling across the face of a wave/swell now seems not as precarious.
Never had a problem with weed here in Perth even with the little rudder and built in weed deflector.
regards Bob

Past skis,Spirit Racing ski,Singer SLSA ski, Davenwood Eradicator, Custom Kayaks ICON, Think EVO, Stellar SR excel...current skis Stellar SES advantage, Stellar SEI excel

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15 years 1 month ago #2815 by PEDiamond
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Bob:no problems with weeds or kelp here either.....how did you get the new rudder?aloha....peter

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15 years 1 month ago #2816 by ponson
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Can someone please post pics of the new rudder?

I have a 6.5 and 8.5 inch rudder. My 8.5 inch is much more rectangular than dorsal shaped. I assume it is the older version.

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15 years 1 month ago #2817 by bobmoffatt
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Hi Peter, ordered my rudder through the Australian supplier in Sydney.
Bob.

Past skis,Spirit Racing ski,Singer SLSA ski, Davenwood Eradicator, Custom Kayaks ICON, Think EVO, Stellar SR excel...current skis Stellar SES advantage, Stellar SEI excel

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15 years 1 month ago #2820 by firecon
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Did they have the boat at the store? I go by more often than my wife would like, and I never saw it. Give us a report if you get out this week...
Thanks,
Steve

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15 years 1 month ago #2822 by PEDiamond
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Steve: He has one there now...he brought two over , one for me if I decided I liked it, and one for a demo boat..when I picked mine up, the other was there but still wrapped in shipping paper...I think it is the heavier(but cheaper) layup, not sure though as it was wrapped.....If you go by, talk to Bob Twogood, the other guys there are friendly but dont know much about the Evos........aloha.....peter

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15 years 1 month ago #2826 by ponson
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bobmoffat, yep got hold of them and I am going to purchase one. Cheers.

Good luck with your ski PEDiamond, let us know how you go in rougher conditions.

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15 years 1 month ago #2832 by PEDiamond
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thanks ponson...the conditions today are as follows: North Shore has 35 foot faces, South Shore has 40mph winds with gusts to 60....lets see, this is a tough one....I think I will hold off on the surfski today, may be just a little too much for a beginner.....:) peter

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