Of Course They Should Just Like a Fish
Posted by: clydehedlund on Jun-11-13 7:34 PM (EST)
Paddlers spend a ton of money for super stiff boats every day. But heck! Fishes come with flexible skins and of course they can firm em up as needed too. But out in the ocean, my old used and cheap oil caning spec. surfskis perform just as well as the new fangle high tech craft. The old spec. style surfskis were also designed to be puffed up like a balloon too. No breather tubes needed, for depending on trim preference, a couple of puffs or more (usually 6) of air was all that was needed to be blown into the hull. If too stiff, you let out some air. In fact, the Spectrum surfski I use, still has small decals on it to remind the paddler to "Always Inflate."
Now in case anyone wants to read what George Dyson has to say about flexible skins, then go to SEA KAYAKER, Issue 14, Fall 1987, page 64.
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