Flotation for Perception Pirouette ?
Posted by: lia_wolfe on Mar-29-14 6:42 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
Two of us are: Long-time sea kayakers with NDK Pilgrim Expedition boats. We do expeditions too but locally and more often like to play in rock gardens and surf small waves and play in class 1-2+ river situations (Not interested in play boating.!) We just made a small investment -- bought 2 "excellent condition" Perception Pirouettes to help us decide whether we want to purchase some of the newer boats that fit our category of interest. In the meantime we need some flotation to fit one of the Pirouettes. It's hard to figure out what size flotation to get. A lot of folks recommend just filling up our dry bags and stuffing them in the stern. Anybody out there tried to roll a Perception Pirouette with dry bags and have it work ? We WILL be rolling ! Thanks a bunch.
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Posted by: pblanc on Mar-29-14 8:11 PM (EST)
Here's a range|
Posted by: Marshall on Mar-29-14 8:19 PM (EST)
Should be something here that'll fit your Pirrouettes.
Those are not split bags|
Posted by: pblanc on Mar-29-14 8:24 PM (EST)
They are not designed for kayaks with a central pillar but are sized to fill the entire stern.
Can't help you with floatation|
Posted by: eckilson on Mar-29-14 9:28 PM (EST)
...but I did get a picture of a Perception Pirouette running the Gorge Drop on the Knightville section of the Westfield River today.
Picture of Pirouette (your reply) |
Posted by: lia_wolfe on Mar-30-14 6:10 AM (EST)
Thanks all ... for the help with the flotation and .... a BIG thank you to ECKILSON for the link to the very cool whitewater pic. The contrast between the playboat and the white Pirouette with both paddlers kicking it in the same water makes that shot very interesting.
Hopefully that will be you someday|
Posted by: eckilson on Mar-30-14 6:43 AM (EST)
The guy in that boat was sure having a great time.
You want rodeo split bags|
Posted by: Celia on Mar-29-14 9:48 PM (EST)
I would use longer than 28" in the tail |
Posted by: ezwater on Mar-31-14 1:11 AM (EST)
of a Pirouette, based on what I have used in a Corsica and an Animas, kayaks of similar length.
Flotation for Pirouette-installation tip|
Posted by: lia_wolfe on Apr-01-14 7:10 AM (EST)
Very cool installation tip for stern bags. Thx !
NRS split flotation|
Posted by: somalley on Mar-31-14 10:08 AM (EST)
These are what you need:
They are pretty short for a Pirouette|
Posted by: pblanc on Mar-31-14 10:30 AM (EST)
I stand corrected|
Posted by: Celia on Mar-31-14 12:18 PM (EST)
Maybe they changed|
Posted by: somalley on Apr-02-14 3:02 PM (EST)
Stern bags vs stern + bow bags|
Posted by: lia_wolfe on Apr-01-14 7:14 AM (EST)
From feedback so far I am leaning towards using appropriate-sized dry bags for the bow area and 44"-ish stern bags. Thx for the advice
The vertical foam wall in the bow of|
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-03-14 6:15 PM (EST)
the Pirouette is larger than that in the stern, and so provides much more flotation. Given that, I'm not sure if added bow flotation is needed.