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Sponsons not a hot item I can see...:)
In Response To: Yawn... ()

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Why can't people separate the product from the marketing campaign? .

Okay, out on a limb we go. I would not consider travel without sponsons.

Face it, the paddlefloat rescue is close to worthless in many conditions that demand it, when wind opposes current it is a waste of time. And I don't think that many people practice rolling in a loaded, expedition ready boat; with the same panic that a sudden squall or gale force wind can produce. So most real world rolling experience is lacking and the paddle float is unreliable in all but the most practised hands. So what you have to pre-rig them, it only takes a couple of hours and you leave it there permanently. You pre-rig the rental fleet the same way. What's the big deal, are we really in a hurry?

You can't always stay out of Deep Trouble, Mike and Rikki proved that a few weeks ago. So here I go out on ANOTHER limb: paddling without sponsons in anything but basic flatwater protected conditions, is unadvised. This is not in my instructor's manual, and I am not authorized to teach this, only the Eskimo bow, T and paddle float are on the CRCA basic curriculum. Don't get me started on the stupidity of the Eskimo bow rescue or the idiocy of doing a T with loaded boats in 2 meter waves. I got T rescue stories, punctured boats, second capsizes, broken paddle shafts, ripped spray skirts, face it, it sucks and is a temporary, imperfect solution. Tim has taken it to the next level. Man, are some of you ever close minded!

But as far as reality goes, I am backing Tim on this one. Maybe you haven't been as terrified as I have been on the open water, but they are one of the few things that brought me peace of mind in the PNW. Why would you ignore this technology, first introduced by ancient paddling cultures for the childish reason of being turned off by Tim. You can't even find them in outdoor stores anywhere, and if they do contribute to safety, isn't he getting a bum rap for all the wrong reasons?

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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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