Jon, the eagle 5.6 and the sparrowhawk 5.2 have their good and bad points like any other boat. I like the hard nose as it cuts through anything and provides plenty of storage space for bits and pieces. Also, the transom is very high extending well above the tubes thereby reducing the risk of pooping. They don't need lots of horses to make them shift and the console gives a nice knees bent riding position. Downsides are the early boats only had one air chamber per side, and the deck finish is a bit basic although I believe these faults have been ironed out on later boats. As always, age and condition define the price.
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