Not a whole lot of room
Posted by: old_user on Mar-30-11 1:00 PM (EST)
The kayak has a rear float bag but nothing in the front. After accidentally capsizing it the first time out I realized how important that rear float bag was and also decided to get one for the front. Seeing as how I'm 6' 1" the foot pegs are almost as far forward as they will go which means I've got all of about less than a cubic foot of space in the bow and if I stick a float bag in there, then that's it. I think all of my storage options have to be "on deck" storage.
I like those screw-on bucket lids, that's pretty slick. I'm a bit concerned about sticking a 5 gallon bucket on the back and filling it with water as that would probably mess with the center of gravity of the boat and maybe make it a bit tippy. I'm mainly thinking of this from the standpoint of having somewhere to keep water samples for a little research project I'll be undertaking. It's unlikely I'd be using a bucket or other storage device as an actual live well.
So, I take it there are not any aftermarket add-ons where you can cut a hole and drop in something the size of an average live well? I've seen the little mini flush mount dry bag looking things but I'm thinking of something larger than that. I also wonder what something the size and weight of a 5 gallon (or even 3.5 gallon), bucket would do to the back deck, if it'd make it bow in or otherwise overly stress the deck.
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