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Use at Sea?

Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 4:31 pm
by jimbo747
It would be fair to say that mentioning inflatable kayaks on any paddling forum here in the UK will result in insult and mockery. Inflatables are simply not accepted as a safe way of fishing over here. They are referred to as "Lilos" (inflatable beds used on the beach) or "beach toys".
Nevertheless, after reading what i could i have recently bought a Strait Edge angler from the UK distributor. I intend to use it in very calm weather and in non tidal areas and very close to the shore.
Am i being too cautious?
What are people's experiences with regard to wind, wave and open water?
Is paddling against the wind a realistic prospect for long distances?
I'd appreciate your views.

Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 6:56 pm
by Penno
Mocking is mostly by others who have never tried something out of the norm,and you will never win an argument with them.
Safety is paramount wear a life jacket and er on the side of caution and let someone know where you going and when you are expected back that's responsible,not lying on a lilo and drifting out with the tide.
Start out by paddling against the wind this will build up strength and endurance cruise back with it,it is very easy to go with wind but harder to paddle back when you tire.
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Posted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 6:51 am
by jimbo747
Penno wrote:Mocking is mostly by others who have never tried something out of the norm,and you will never win an argument with them.
Safety is paramount wear a life jacket and er on the side of caution and let someone know where you going and when you are expected back that's responsible,not lying on a lilo and drifting out with the tide.
Start out by paddling against the wind this will build up strength and endurance cruise back with it,it is very easy to go with wind but harder to paddle back when you tire.
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Thanks. Do you use one of these yaks and what is your own experience of them?
I am very cautious by nature but it's always good to know the upper limits to what is possible in order to pick your own personal margin of safety. As somebody who is not particularly fit, this margin, for me, needs to be quite wide.

Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 7:17 pm
by Penno
Hi Jimbo747 my kayak is the advanced elements explorer canoe I am sixty and fit,have had all the Hobie range of kayaks and the South African Stealth all good kayaks,the one thing you will find is the Strait edge angler will be very stable as to its width and how it sits on the water rarther than in it,will be moved by the wind more and not as fast as the glass or plastic kayaks,would be harder to tip it over,saying that you should find a sheltered area don't take any gear with you,wear your life jacket and see how far you need to go to tip it over,then practice getting back in again,take someone with you if you need assistance,or join a club with other like minded people,kayak and paddling skills are vital to water safety.

Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 3:56 pm
by PJohanson
Hi Jimbo
I have a StraitEdge2 and it is very stable on the water. I think you're smart to start using your StraitEdge in calm weather and non tidal areas. When paddling alone, I stay as close to the shore as I can swim -- and that's pretty darned close in our cold seawater!
My experience with wind, wave and open water is positive and still cautious. In wind, an inflatable will be pushed much more than other types of kayak. In waves up to a foot, the StraitEdge has a lot of fun and is stable. I don't go away from shore without my paddling buddies, then we all go across the mouth of a bay together.
Paddling against the wind is realistic. It's very tiring, so don't set yourself up for disappointment or injury. If it is too windy to go against the wind, it's too windy to be on the water that day :)