standing and fishing
Posted by: fisheate on Feb-18-13 5:47 PM (EST)
As a general rule of thumb a SOT will be easier to stand and fish in than a solo canoe. Now if the canoe has a flat bottom and a wide beam, and the SOT has a narrower beam and a shallow arced bottom (like a Tarpon) than that canoe would probably be easier to stand in.
As a general rule most SOT's have a rounded keel, or are flat in the hull under the seat, or maybe they have two rounded keels that form a concave area in the hull. Of the big name brands the Tarpon is a notable exception, but I am sure there are others. Kayak manufacturers then add fine vee entries, and chining to add speed to the mix, but everything is a trade. For the most part a SOT will have greater initial stability, because of these design features. Really and truely when it gets so rough that what they give up in secondary stability becomes apparent, I really do not want to be out there.
I also probably was a little harsh in my reply. SOT's are very nice fishing craft. I just get a little peeved when someone acts like they are the only way to fish. I know of someknowledgable guys that love their Hobie PA's. They catch alot of fish with them. I fish alot of rivers paddling upstream and down, canoes are definately superior for that type of fishing in my opinion.
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