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The Klepper double kayak has been paddled singly across the Atlantic Ocean several times. It is 17" long, 32" wide, with built in sponsons, hardly the craft we describe when we throw around "secondary stability."

The only person to paddle from California to Hawaii took and used sponsons on that trip. Went in a double Tofino, 29-30" wide, hardly the secondary stability type hull advocated.

The few other ocean crossings in kayaks were in very different design custom built boats or in Easy Rider kayaks with outriggers (wiiiide sponsons.)

Look at the direction taken the last few years by WW kayaks and surf kayaks, wider, flat bottoms, expecially for being in large swell and large breaking waves.

Certainly hull design can make for a smoother transition to capsizing. I am not sure why it is better to capsize sooner and more smoothly than later and more abruptly.

The points against relying on equipment rather than skills are right on. No substitute for skills and practice.

However, If I had to, I could ride out and paddle in a lot bigger stuff comfortably with my foam paddle float on one blade (bomber brace)than I would with just my skinny paddle. Lot easier to stay up than get up.

Randy

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Georgian Bay Kayaks - The Sponson War Continues
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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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