response from when I asked WS .
There are no thigh strap attachment points; Why?
I find that odd in a SOT because if you get in some fairly serious water, you can get bounced right out without thigh straps.
I added attachment points in my 140 and will add them to the 160.
Recreational Kayak Paddle
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I'm Guessing Liability?|
Posted by: Kudzu on Feb-16-13 2:33 PM (EST)
Fishing number one|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Feb-16-13 2:41 PM (EST)
Marketing and Target Buyers?|
Posted by: guideboatguy on Feb-16-13 2:51 PM (EST)
Though admit I'm not "in the loop" when it comes to kayak stuff, I've never gotten the impression that SOTs are used much for "serious" paddling, and that makes me think thigh straps are missing for the same reason thigh pads are missing from basic rec SINKs. The Tarpon also is heavily marketed as a fishing boat, and though I've never seen one, I've seen quite a few other fishing SOTs on display at Canoecopia, and to me, they seem to range from barge-like at worst, to mundane at best, because are all terribly heavy and are either very wide, or they have all sorts of strange and complex curvature on the bottom of the hull which unnecessarily increases the wetted surface area. I can't imagine any SOT I've seen being used where paddling performance mattered. I keep hearing that some people like the performance of the longer Tarpon models, but I bet most buyers don't think twice about that.
Maybe most buyers haven't been in|
Posted by: string on Feb-16-13 3:06 PM (EST)
3' confused waves, but I have. I will not go in the ocean without thigh straps for that reason. Also, with thigh straps, a SOT can be turned like a SINK.
Mine had them!|
Posted by: FrankNC on Feb-16-13 4:09 PM (EST)
I had the original Tarpon 160 with the huge hatches in front and back. It had those bronze inch worms for the seat back and the thigh straps. It was set up really well.
Posted by: LeeG on Feb-16-13 6:11 PM (EST)
Frank, my original had them also.|
Posted by: string on Feb-16-13 10:56 PM (EST)
Posted by: willi_h2o on Feb-17-13 2:02 AM (EST)
the vast majority of SOT users|
Posted by: paddlemore on Feb-17-13 9:18 AM (EST)
do not use, and will probably never use thigh straps. The Tarpon has been rebranded as a fishing kayak and the need for thigh straps on a fishing kayak is almost non-existent. The Dagger Kaos (a surfing SOT) and Torrent (a whitewater SOT) have thigh straps because they fit the purpose of the kayak.
Tarpon Hatches Waterproof?|
Posted by: johnysmoke on Feb-17-13 9:37 AM (EST)
Are the Tarpon hatches even waterproof? I've heard they don't seal as well as Tupperware style hatches...
The Tarpon has been rebranded as |
Posted by: string on Feb-17-13 6:00 PM (EST)
a 'Touring' kayak by WS.
Posted by: KeyMeKoe on Feb-17-13 11:33 PM (EST)
I have a Tarpon 160 and love it. The tarpon 140 has the same slide trax accessory system as the 160. WS sells tie downs to attach accessories. The uses are almost unlimited: backbands, cupholders, navigation desks, fishing rod holders. camera holders, sailing accessories. One option for the slide trax and tie downs are thigh straps. When I first bought my tarpon, I bought about 8 tie downs for my many accessories and I bought thigh straps. I have never used the thigh straps, they just hang in my garage. But they do easily attach using the slide trax and tie downs and any good kayak shop should have thigh straps. I have replaced the seat back with a backband, a imho a big improvement.
KMK, I thought that might be the answer.|
Posted by: string on Feb-18-13 6:38 PM (EST)