floatation in sit in kayak
Posted by: sweejay on Mar-22-13 8:54 AM (EST) Category: Kayaks
What are some choices for a recreational kayak with very good floatation. Someone recommended the Pungo as almost unsinkable.
Classic Freestanding Rack
Recreational Kayak Paddle
PFD's (Life Jackets)
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Posted by: krash on Mar-22-13 9:06 AM (EST)
If you are worried about sinking a SOT kayak, if you have hatches just toss a couple pool noodles in the hull.
The question regards a 'sit inside'.|
Posted by: shirlann on Mar-22-13 10:12 PM (EST)
My first boat was an OT Otter and I flipped that baby over the first winter I paddled, at which time I didn't know you could leave the boat upside down and lift it to remove the water.
Posted by: suiram on Mar-22-13 9:28 AM (EST)
"whatever floats your boat"|
Posted by: tetonjohn on Mar-22-13 10:36 AM (EST)
You can add floatation...|
Posted by: wavespinner on Mar-22-13 9:29 AM (EST)
...to virtually any boat (air bags, pool noodles, etc.). I'd pick a boat based upon how well it meets your needs, how it paddles, etc. as opposed to how much floatation it comes with.
No of them will sink|
Posted by: Pirateoverforty on Mar-22-13 11:05 AM (EST)
like a pair of dropped car keys. In that regard they are mostly all "unsinkable"
They can sink|
Posted by: Celia on Mar-22-13 4:09 PM (EST)
My sister and her husband lost an Otter to the bottom of a bay in Maine a couple of years ago. Enough water and those really rec boats can sink.
Posted by: bartc on Mar-22-13 3:47 PM (EST)
I have an Emotion Glide, which is a great rec kayak, but no bulkheads. The manufacturer thoughtfully ships one sturdy and effective rear flotation bag with the boat. After much shopping around, I realized that for another $25 they would sell me a second rear float bag, which easily fit (with slight deflation) the front of the boat perfectly. So it works well.
Keep 8 lbs per gallon in mind|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Mar-22-13 5:13 PM (EST)
Posted by: Peter-CA on Mar-23-13 12:07 AM (EST)
In general, a recreational style sit inside kayak with enclosed bulkhead at both front and back will have more flotation. The larger the area enclosed by the bulkhead, the more flotation.
With or without|
Posted by: Bernie/cny on Mar-23-13 11:10 AM (EST)
bulkheads I always add some pool noodles.I've owned Pungo's and while great for what they are the cockpit can hold a LOT of water/weight.If you have one cut a clorox or similar bottle to scoop out the water if you flip.