Fenrisco wrote:Hey Svizz, thanks for the info - greatly appreciated. Nice shots too! Must be nice to have hills you can roam on; everything's so fecund and fast-growing around here one's limited to extant paths or hack-n-slash. As a relative newbie (plenty of time spent on lochs as a kid but that's rather a different ballgame - a fair amount of SCUBA recently but again hardly the same) I think stability and safety are going to be pretty important (that's why I like SOT designs!) and length is going to be a compromise between performance and logistics... I want to be able to carry the thing decent distances if needs be. Good point about the paddle; that's exactly where I'd likely skimp.
I believe special forces have used open-hull kayaks, but nothing I can find about them using the SOT style though. Possibly because one sits higher in the water, although it's only a matter of a few inches. This Aussie nutter shows they're plenty capable on the open ocean:
Actually a kayak is one of the few places where a mounted crossbow would be a sensible weapon, since you're naturally in a braced position to cock the thing; not a bad idea! Like a quieter and more incisive version of the old punt guns.
vlindsay wrote:I am just about ( later today in fact) to embark on a sea kayaking course
Fenrisco wrote:Those Kleppers do look solid. You wouldn't believe the kind of gutrippers you find on the beaches here though; fisher folk drive long steel spikes into the sand at low tide to hang nets off. Fair play to them, it's their livelihood. Surfers go out and pull them up on account of not enjoying getting their boards and limbs torn to pieces but that just really means you never know where they'll be from one day to another. They're pretty much invisible from anywhere but the shore itself, in the surf. So anything with a tearable structure is going to get torn - and possibly sunk - sooner or later if taxiing from one beach to another. Hence my attraction to rotomolded plastic SOTs.
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