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Boats & Boards
viapekviapek   October 29, 2007
(Updated: October 29, 2007)
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Embudo rocks for big water expeditions

Over the past year I've paddled a number of creek boats, i.e. Jefe, Huck, Nomad, MAC, Huka, and finally a Blunt which I ended up buying. I recently went on a 3 day trip down the Motu River, eastern North Island, New Zealand. This is a great multi-day trip, one which I can recommend to any 3+/4 paddler. It is plain awesome. Anyways... The Motu has three gorges and a bunch of corner rapids over 2-3 days. I had planned on taking my Blunt but when I tried to pack the boat I found I didn't really have the room I had hoped for, nor needed to be sufficiently safety conscious for my group. So I borrowed the embudo from my flatmate as there is no bulkhead in the front or back which meant more room at the back and room in front of the foot rest for food etc. This makes for easy access for lunch etc and balances it out superbly. So away we went. I hadn't enjoyed previous runs in the embudo though I had never tried such a challenging river,...

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