Kayak Jack said:
I have difficulty understanding Ronnie's assertion about where a paddler is seated in relation to the widest part of a boat. Since the entire boat leans and capsizes as a unit, I see very little difference.
Take something that is not symmetrical but Swede ( Or Fish form in shape , if you fished you could understand that shape :lol: ) , the widest part will ship water before the rest which is a lot narrower .... Get the wide area under and then look out.
To exaggerate it ..... a two foot wide area is easier and quicker to ship water when leaned over then a 4 foot wide area. That is just simple every day science. Let me explain it a bit further........
Now if the 4 foot area is attached to the 2 foot area ....... More safety. I am using feet in place of inches to prove a point. :roll:
Any way I think that was the point Ron was trying to make. A larger area behind you will offer more stability then just the normal way we make them or the rest of the folks make the boats.
Paddling along and the wide part goes under , the rest will do the same. Keep that wide part above the water and the rest will follow.
What everyone needs to understand , No One Boat will do everything , Well not at this time and age . might in the years down the road. I sure as heck do not want to paddle a kayak in the swamps or a pirogue out in the ocean. OK... It could be done but the proper boat for the occasion sure makes life a lot easier. That was why we make them or so I thought.... special boats for our special needs on the water. :roll:
Stability is a consideration and there are definitions for it as a general and accepted way of saying it... Unfortunately they do not fit like a shoe for everyone , it is a personal thing as far as I am concerned. What stage is tippy to you might not be to me........
A empty boat can be like walking on ice , add some weight to it and it becomes rock solid , there are just to many variables to that equation , one major one is the paddlers knowledge of the boat. I have one that might have you swimming , to me it is rock solid but I like a lively boat.
"O" ... Speed. The less boat in the water the faster it will be , Just that simple. Less resistance from the water the faster you go. I guess that is why racing hulls are really narrow , long and light. My Coho is one fast boat , long and narrow kayak but not as much as the racing ones since I use it for camping. It is my Speed Boat. :wink: