|Pyranha Shiva Review
|Pyranha Shiva – Like many others before me, my first boat was a Dancer. But it wasn’t long before I started throwing around whatever play boat was bombarding the market that week in the late 90’s. Coming from a play boating background, I have always gravitated towards planing hull boats with hard edges and a crisp feel on the water. Since moving out to the NW, I’ve been creeking in the Pyranha Burn and have enjoyed the boat, but have found the landings off taller drops to be somewhat punishing with the wrong entry angle. I’ve been searching for just the right displacement hull creeker for quite some time, but just can’t stand how “mushy” and soft all the turns feel with most creek boats. Modern creekers all seem to be shaped more like a jelly bean than a boat really. I had just about given up hope for finding my perfect creek boat when along came The Shiva to save the day!It’s narrow up front for clean strokes and punching through massive holes with ease. The max width is behind me in the voluminous stern – resembling the shape of a watermelon seed about to be hocked the distance by a champion seed spitter. The bow rocker is substantial, turning vertical freefalls into downriver momentum upon impact and releases clean for huge boofs. Flat landings are soft and the boat re-surfaces smoothly with solid control. While the hull is round and forgiving up front, the lines morph to become nice and snappy for carving easily in and out of the most turbulent eddies and establishing lateral momentum at the drop of a hat.At first glance, the Pyranha Shiva reminded me of the ever popular Dagger Nomad, but with a deeper fit, more edge and a narrower bow, I think it will surpass this classic creeker in popularity in no time. If you love planing hull performance but want a displacement hull creeker that will help you go bigger than ever, look no further.
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