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November 1, 2004


You must know the song, "Girls just want to have
fun." Well, old guys do too. I’m sixty, but I felt like a kid on
the water with my new boat.

I’m not an accomplished playboater, so I can’t speak
to performance. But I’ve owned many, many kayaks, and I can speak to comfort.
My 4Fun is the most comfortable boat I’ve ever owed, and I haven’t even
figured out all of the outfitting details. The seat is the most comfortable
of any kayak seat I’ve ever sat on. The footbag keeps my size 13s happy.
The backband adjusts easily and keeps me tight and upright. I’m six feet
one and weigh 190, and the boat fits me like it was custom ordered. I
just bought the boat yesterday having to drive nearly three hours from
Ashland to Canoe Kentucky outside of Frankfort. But it was worth it.

On Sunday I go to the river, probably the Cherry or
Lower Gauley. But today I took it to a nearby lake and rolled it a few
times. I hit the backdeck roll several times then a couple hand rolls
just to see if the boat rolled easier than my old boat. Result? Much easier
even though I slipped out of the seat a bit since I hadn’t had the hip
pads adjusted right. I felt in total control, with my body making all
of the necessary contact with the boat. When I got out, I noticed that
the only drops of water in the boat came from those dripping off of my
skirt. I used the same skirt and drytop that I did the last time I rolled
at the lake; the only difference was the boat. And there was always water
in the other boat, lots of water. It makes so much sense not to have put
holes in the boat! Like you wrote somewhere, "What were they thinking?"

Oh yeah, and did I mention how comfortable it is? And,
finally, the slick hull beads water. As I looked at the beaded water on
the deck of my red 4Fun, I thought of my old hyper-waxed muscle car that
I owned when I was a kid. That brought a big smile to my face. I anticipate
many more smiles. Even old guys like to have fun.

Joe Napora