sit vs. sink
Posted by: sweejay on Apr-04-13 3:34 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
would someone please tell me the advantages of a SINK over a SOT kayak. Which one is more unsinkable and which one is easier to re-enter while in the water.
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Posted by: jcbikeski on Apr-04-13 3:50 PM (EST)
jcbikeski has done a good job at|
Posted by: shirlann on Apr-06-13 6:12 PM (EST)
summarizing the general differences and pretty much spot on. I know because we have both in our fleet of 12 kayaks and one old aluminum Grummen.
SINKs with two bulkheads|
Posted by: Celia on Apr-04-13 4:00 PM (EST)
Will not sink unless the bulkhead or the hatches are compromised. SOT's are usually considered to be easier to get onto from the water, but I have known of people who couldn't.
Posted by: Peter-CA on Apr-04-13 4:22 PM (EST)
There is an article in the current issue of California Kayaker Magazine on different boat types which talks about this. can be read online for free at http://www.calkayakermag.com/magazine.html.
Posted by: sweejay on Apr-04-13 4:32 PM (EST)
Does anyone have an opinion on the Expression 11.5 by perception. I have only been on a class II river in a sot a few times and the most fun was when I used a Frenzy in the surf. but I would like to get into more of a touring type if I can develope the skills needed. I think what I need is a transitional kayak.
sweejay, I don't think you answered|
Posted by: tetonjohn on Apr-05-13 9:48 AM (EST)
Celia's question(s). It really would help in getting you good advice.
SINK / SOT|
Posted by: jimyaker on Apr-04-13 5:13 PM (EST)
a really good point there|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Apr-04-13 5:19 PM (EST)
All SINKS are definitely not equal, given the presence or lack of bulkheads.
even if SOT/SINK were equal|
Posted by: trvlrerik on Apr-04-13 8:42 PM (EST)
sit on tops are generally much heavier and harder to transport. Making the SINK much easier to grab and go for a quick spin on the water.
Totally agree that making it easy|
Posted by: adbass on Apr-05-13 11:43 AM (EST)
to get out on the water should is an excellent goal. I also agree for that for the longer (14ft and up kayaks) the weight of the sit-on-tops is a big disadvantage. But at the shorter, "recreational" end (12ft and down), things are not so clear. Little SOTs like the Frenzy are not significantly heavier than SINKs, are more robust, less prone to flooding and easier to enter and exit. Side handles really help though.