Boat Review: Dagger's Crazy 88 | Rapid Magazine | Rapid Media
Boat Review: Dagger's Crazy 88 Photo: Rapid Staff

ORIGINAL LYRICS: Dagger says their team and consumers were yelling for more air. The Crazy 88 delivers more hull speed, signature volume distribution in its deck, edges to drive across the wave and a hull designed to pop from the water. They’ve lightened their outfitting and partnered with IR to include an Overthruster for dialing in the 88’s volume for the most air possible.

WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE A NUT: The first thing you need to know before you try the Crazy 88 is that Dagger’s suggested weight ranges are pretty close, with little overlap. A 170-pound paddler is too much for the 6.2, not to mention that their feet probably won’t fit anyway. If you’re feeling like a nut in the right size you’ll see that you have the fastest Dagger freestyle hull since before the G-Force.

The Kingpin wasn’t known for speed or carving edge—the new Crazy 88 is both. Dagger has had a bouncing rocker-profile dialed for a couple of years. The Crazy 88 bounces when you are set up for it, and leaves the dribbling to the Globetrotting master “Curly” Neil.

WHEN YOU DON’T: As far as all around freestyle boats go, the 88 is a great choice, so long as you choose the correct size. It jumps on little ferry waves and carries its speed deep into eddies. With a slicier and narrower bow than the Kingpin, the 88 more easily tumbles in little pourovers.

Inside, Dagger has been simplifying and lightening their outfitting and have a comfortable system—not the easiest to set up for test days, but owners of the 88 think it’s great.

PRO: Great carve. Short and pretty quick. Feels way lighter than previous Dagger boats.

CON: Narrow thighs, tight toe box. Fiddly outfitting to set up. 

SPECS (6.2/6.3): length 6’1.25”/6’2.5” | width 25.35”/26.5” | volume 40.3/48.1 US gal | weight 28/29 lbs | cockpit 19”x35”/ | weight range 120–165 lbs/155–200 lbs price $1599 Cdn/ $1149 US 

rapidv7i3cover.jpgThis article first appeared in the Summer 2005 issue of Rapid Magazine. For more great boat reviews, subscribe to Rapid's print and digital editions here.

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