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Setting the record straight
In Response To: I am listening, are you? ()

First off, sponsons are nothing new; they've been around for hundreds of years. The fact that they never caught on as a viable aid to kayaking is pretty stong testimony to their lack of usefulness. Even the kayak cultures rejected the idea. The Inuit and Aleut had sealskin hunting floats, so they could easily have made sponsons if they had any use for them, but they didn't. instead, they relied on their skill.

The fact that you've used them in two meter swells proves what? On rolling water, a paddle float works fine, too. Try your sponsons in two meter breaking seas and see how well they work. The waves will flip your boat in a heartbeat. Try bracing into big breaking waves with sponsons attached and see how well they work. The most viable option in those conditions is strong skills, specifically the ability to brace, scull and roll. Barring that, a re-enter and roll is about the only self rescue that has a prayer of succeeding.

FWIW, I am anything but techno-phobic. If sponsons really offered any advantages, I'd use them. The simple fact is that once you're past the beginner stage, they have little utility other than as fishing floats (a perfectly legitimate use).

Unless you're willing to equip all of your boats and all of the boats belonging to your paddling partners with the required rigging, they have little utility on group trips. Since you apparently have a rental fleet or something, you have that level of control. The vast majority of paddlers don't.

There's no way in hell that I would paddle with deflated sponsons dragging in the water, just in case a freak storm comes up. What a ridiculous concept! If I were to have to exit my boat in an emergency, I would be back in the cockpit after a re-enter and roll before you'd get your first sponson inflated. Who's safer in that situation?

As for using them to assist an injured paddler, yeah, they'll probably work as long as the paddler can hold themselves upright. If you're dealing with someone who's truly incapacitated and has lost that ability, sponsons aren't likely to do the job, are they? An assisted tow is the only way to go.

Perhaps your arguments would be better received if you were preaching to a group of neophytes, but that's not the audience here. Speaking for myself, I have no need for sponsons as a safety device.

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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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