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post #11 of Old 01-07-2011
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We have used several kayaks while sailing. A relative's hobie sit on top is fine, but is pretty heavy to lug on deck and has turtled when towed. We now use a more traditional shaped kayak called a CLC wood duck (made form a stitch and glue kit). It is lighter, shorter, but has a big cockpit to make entering from the ladder OK. The spray skirt is nice to have in the chop. The added protection of a decked kayak is a plus in the NW where we sail. We also keep stearns inflatable kayak stowed on board so we both can explore. It has a inflatable bladder inside a fabric skin, similar to better quality white water inflatables. It is therefore more rigid than most and tracks ok with the included skeg. 2 rigid yaks or a double would be too much for our 30 ft boat. Even with 2 the load carrying capacity is small and I would not want to row out an anchor in a blow in any kayak.
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