Are SOT's considered toys
Posted by: sweejay on Mar-06-13 12:17 PM (EST) Category: unassigned
I am a returning older paddler member and I would like to know if SOT's are just considered recreational. Most of my experience is in canoes. But I like the idea of a light smaller boat that might be at least a little moe fun
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yes they are|
Posted by: suiram on Mar-06-13 12:30 PM (EST)
Here is waveski, a type of SOT, in action http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VClP4BclJic
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Posted by: seadart on Mar-07-13 6:13 PM (EST)
Not from my perspective.|
Posted by: CapeFear on Mar-06-13 12:39 PM (EST)
Wave skis are on the skilled end of surfing. Surf skis are on the skilled end of racing. I think there's a pretty full set of hull styles in between. I've been seeing some SOT's positioned in the sea kayak category, offering both sea kayak stability and storage compartments. Sea kayaking origins, and still some of the most attention grabbing expeditions are through icy cold waters, and I think that's where some specific advantages of a traditional sea kayak really come in. A lot more protection from the cold water and wind where it may be necessary.
I'm an open boater,|
Posted by: deuce on Mar-06-13 12:54 PM (EST)
so this input is worth what you're paying for it. I think consensus is most SOTs are thought of as "toys" for lack of a more accurate term, but there are some that are quite capable in whitewater. I know several skilled paddlers who like them a lot. Perception Torrent comes to mind, although I doubt if that one's still made.
Posted by: jesse59 on Mar-06-13 4:02 PM (EST)
Still around. Now the Dagger Torrent.
Posted by: deuce on Mar-07-13 11:05 AM (EST)
Glad to be wrong about that.
Posted by: Dgremlin on Mar-06-13 12:57 PM (EST)
If you plan on doing a lot of fishing, the SOT is the way to go. Most are so stable you can sit sideways and dangle your legs in the water if you like. You normally do get much wetter than a sit inside. The smaller ones might be considered toys but something like the Wilderness Systems Tarpon 160 (16' & 76 lbs.) is a bit serious to be considered a toy. :)
Maybe try some different canoes|
Posted by: guideboatguy on Mar-06-13 1:46 PM (EST)
I thought all boats were toys!|
Posted by: jackl on Mar-06-13 4:19 PM (EST)
Posted by: Kudzu on Mar-06-13 5:31 PM (EST)
If you aren't making any money from your boat it's a toy.
Posted by: pikabike on Mar-08-13 1:43 PM (EST)
I've heard of a few people commuting to work by kayak.
Posted by: TommyC1 on Mar-06-13 5:34 PM (EST)
I was just thinking the same thing.
Posted by: daggermat on Mar-06-13 6:36 PM (EST)
another single blader here...but I think having fun is the answer and uh...what was the question lol...
Had a visit in the Everglades|
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-06-13 6:42 PM (EST)
from a paddler out on a day trip fishing on a SOT..one of those Hobies that are foot pedaled.
Yes, they are all toys, but ...|
Posted by: guideboatguy on Mar-06-13 6:58 PM (EST)
Depends on definition|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Mar-06-13 7:57 PM (EST)
they're all toys|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Mar-07-13 9:38 AM (EST)
What about a SOT are you interested in?
SOT doesn't = light compared to most|
Posted by: Yanoer on Mar-07-13 9:41 AM (EST)
solo canoes, unless you're comparing relatively heavy solo canoes and premium light weight SOTs.
Don't have much to add|
Posted by: Canuka on Mar-07-13 9:41 AM (EST)
Everyone else here has covered it pretty well. There are SOTs of every kind out there, from heavy, slow recreational barges to lightweight, fast racers. From a few hundred bucks to several thousand.
Posted by: radiomix on Mar-07-13 9:42 AM (EST)
Are not lighter or smaller. A wider surfski could be an option. An epic V8 or v6 and stellars wide ski are pretty easy to paddle first time out.
Consider solo canoes.|
Posted by: Yanoer on Mar-07-13 9:42 AM (EST)
Some are quite light and quite a bit of fun and can be paddled with either a canoe paddle or solo canoe paddle.
Posted by: krash on Mar-07-13 10:02 AM (EST)
I'm an older paddler, 63, and do not in any way consider my SOT and older OK ScupperPor a recreational toy, its a mean green (actually blue & white) fishing machine for the shallow flats in in sunny South Florida.
"Toy" can be variously defined|
Posted by: RockyRaab on Mar-07-13 10:58 AM (EST)
If you mean to ask if a SOT kayak is a legitimate recreational item, then the answer is yes.
Posted by: BHMACIN on Mar-07-13 11:29 AM (EST)
Posted by: Feral_Wolf on Mar-09-13 7:13 PM (EST)
I will not say it as glamorously as some of those above, but the only thing i feel that can be accurately judged by others is if you show us the SOT in question. Then the true feedback can be given, fast/slow, light/heavy, etc. Every boat is a toy to somebody, every boat is the wrong boat to somebody, what matters is can you handle the boat, can it handle what you want, what are the pluses and minuses to the boat. What are other options. AND do you like the boat..
You can find a SOT to fit |
Posted by: FrankNC on Mar-10-13 8:04 PM (EST)
your purpose. YOu just need to state your purpose more clearly. In your original post you mentioned only short and light. In paddling these are relative terms, but you can find a sit on top that is as short and light as almost any other type of boat except for the lightest carbon pack canoes.