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Sure, but would you give Timmy any of YOUR money?

*Soapbox mode on*

For anyone who doesn't know this crackpot (Tim Ingram), he exploits the deaths of padders - particularly children - in his "marketing" of sponsons. He's openly encourages people to sue manufacturers and is trying to organize a class action suit to force the inclusion of sponsons with every kayak sold. Most of the "information" on his site is half-truths and outright lies. This is the guy who preaches that teaching people to roll is "irresponsible". He is a despicable low-life who doesn't deserve to be in business. If anyone feels the need for sponsons, I would encourage you you make your own, as Tim shouldn't be allowed to profit from his deceit.

*Soapbox mode off*

As for the usefulness of Sea Wings sponsons, they have the following shortcomings:

- The boat has to be custom rigged for them. That means that they cannot be readily interchanged among boats and paddlers. How many people do you know who have their boats rigged for sponsons? Anyone? In a situation with a disabled paddler, you'd be better off to stick a spare paddle through the deck rigging and put a paddle float on each blade for stability.

- Unless you carry them inflated on-deck (try THAT sometime), they are MUCH slower than other rescue methods. Feathercraft has a video in which they demonstrate a sponson rescue and it takes ~3 minutes to inflate and install them. That's about twice as long as a paddle float rescue and many times as long as a re-enter and roll.

- They don't work in rough water. Making a kayak more stable in rough conditions - the place where rescues are most likely - makes it more likely to be re-capsized by waves. Tim has ZERO understanding of wave dynamics and has re-written the laws of physics to suit his needs. Don't believe any of it.

- The price is ridiculous. A pair of boat fenders and all the materials you need to rig them would cost well under half the price of Sea Wings. Better yet, just get a second paddle float for $25.00.

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Georgian Bay Kayaks - The Sponson War Continues
Re: Georgian Bay Kayaks - The Sponson War Continue
Re: Seasonal ?
But isn't redundancy of rescue devices the issue?
Re: But isn't redundancy of rescue devices the iss
Good point, Nick...but let me rephrase...
I couldn't agree more... *NM*
interesting info???
alternative sponson supplier
Check out the "Paddle Loom Float"...
Re: alternative sponson supplier
Yawn...
Sponsons not a hot item I can see...:)
Re: good golly
Agreed, but what about sponsons themselves.. *NM*
Re: a little one tracked are we? *NM*
Haven't heard one good reason not to yet...
You heard a reason but you didn't listen.
I am listening, are you?
Being at the Center of a Black Hole
Never seen someone do a PF rescue in 20 secs. *NM*
Re: Never seen someone do a PF rescue in 20 secs.
Brianne, I didn't know you cared... *NM*
Re: Never seen someone do a PF rescue in 20 secs.
Setting the record straight
Good points, don't agree with all, but fair enough *NM*
you're right - - -
Thanks Dan, me too, are we cool now?
sure we're cool - - -
LOL *NM*
Re: Haven't heard one good reason not to yet...
Comparing apples to oranges
Re: Salade de Fruits
Re: Haven't heard one good reason not to yet...
Re: Haven't heard one good reason not to yet...
My reasons for not using them . .
OT: rules for survival...
Clarification . .
"We are all between swims"
Re: My reasons for not using them . .
making sense of gear instead of skill - - -
Re: Good reasons not to, but some good reasons to.
more reasons for:
Funny thing...
Re: Funny thing...
Re: technique and knowledge vs. equipment
Re: Good reasons not to, but some good reasons to.
Re: Good reasons not to, but some good reasons to.
Re: fishing
Yoda speaks, he does
Re: hmgmgmg, confused he is
you're a perfect candidate for sponsons - - -
Re: Who should stay home?
Sponsons bring up some strong emotions... *NM*
Re: Georgian Bay Kayaks - The Sponson War Continue
Sure, but would you give Timmy any of YOUR money?
Re: No, but thats not the question.
Re: No, but thats not the question.
Re: No, but thats not the question.
when melted down - - -
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