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Dec 21 2011

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Kayaking 101: Sit On Top vs. Sit Inside

By TONY CROUCH
Special to the Parade

Kayaking 101I am getting a lot of calls from Winter Texans about tapping into some great fishing while they are down here, there seems to be a lot of interests in Kayaking, but the major questions is, “Are sit on top kayaks more stable opposed to sit insides?”

With there being so many differences in the two, we will focus just on stability. Primary and secondary stability are the two concerns that you will be looking at while fishing, primary being how stable your craft is while getting in, and for secondary how stable your craft is while out on the water.

There are so many different types of sit on top kayaks out there, some with better stability than others. But your sit on top fishing kayaks are going to be generally wider than your sit insides. Just remember the two “S’s” of kayaking, speed and stability. When you gain in speed you give up on stability, when you gain in stability, you give up on speed.

To better have an understanding of all of this, we are holding a free class this coming Wednesday. Yes, you read correctly, it’s all free. We will be focusing on stability, deep water re-entry, and more importantly, how not to fall out of your craft. I hope to see plenty of you out there. Any questions, please feel free to give us a call at (956) 761-1669. Thanks again.

As Always, stay safe, always wear your P.F.D., and test your whistle every now and then. See you out on the water. For questions or comments on our stories, or to just let us know of a specific item you would like to see us cover, please place your replies on our Facebook page U.B. Captain, or email us at ubcaptainkayaks@yahoo.com.

Editor’s Note: Tony Crouch is a Certified Kayak Instructor and holds classes at U.B. Captain Kayaks, 5009 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX. For more info, call (956)-761-1669 or look for him on Facebook at U.B. Captain.

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