Oh it had nothing to do with boat selection. Due to the snow on the banks it was tough to scout the rapid.
I think Mitchell managed to get a better look at the rapid but by the time he got back Dave and I had already decided to start running the rapid. Our feet were starting to freeze standing there in the snow. From our vantage point the drop I hit just looked like a big wave, not the drop I went over.
I think Dave secretly just wanted footage of me going for a swim . I'd recommend some floatation for running the Tay at this time of year.