- The best floatation would be a heavy vinyl airtight bag that you could insert under the sat then blow up. That s what we do in our sailboat. I m wondering ifMessage 1 of 10 , Jan 21, 2011View SourceThe best floatation would be a heavy vinyl airtight bag that you could insert under the sat then blow up. That's what we do in our sailboat. I'm wondering if it would be worthwhile building a "box" under the seat that you could fill with a variety of things...tennis balls...packing foam blocks,
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From: Bassman4940 <bassman4940@...>
Date: 01/21/2011 08:26 AM
Subject: Re: [Airolite_Boats] Pre-order queries (nerves)
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You pose some great questions! I built a 15ft Rob-Roy kayak, the same basic hull design as the snowshoe canoes.
They definitely are a bit skittish and tippy, but nothing you can't get used to with a little practice. If you design your seats so they are as low as possible that will give you some added stability.
As far as boarding and standing up well... remember they are 50% lighter than a conventional canoe so not as forgiving in that department. If that is really a big concern for you, you might want to consider something with "harder chines" that will give more resitance to leaning and tipping.
The wind will have a tendency to push you off track, but again nothing you can't overcome with a but of practice. I do most of my kayaking on lakes so I added an oak keel that helps keep it on track. I don't want to give you the impression that they are unsafe, they're as seaworthy as most canoes, but just give yourself some paddling time before heading off across big water.
One last thing I would suggest is adding some sort of floatation bags or foam in each end. It was easy with a kayak, but a canoe you may have to get creative... under the seats is another possibility.
Good luck with your project!!!
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From: martyn.long <martyn.long@...>
Subject: [Airolite_Boats] Pre-order queries (nerves)
Date: Thursday, January 20, 2011, 5:19 PM
I'm a new member (uk) and just about to take the plunge to construct a classic 12.
Before I try to set up the order, to settle my last minute nerves, I would really appreciate it if someone could answer just a few last questions:
How do they handle? I am mainly interested in rowing and would like to know whether they are much different from a standard boat. Due to their lightness are they 'skittish'? Can you board and stand up in them ok? Do they tend to get blown about by the wind?
Would they be at all suitable for some light weather sea conditions? At a push, what wave/wind conditions would you be confident going out in?
Ideally I would try one out myself, but I just haven't seen these about in this country.
I would really appreciate any advice about this.
BTW, I have done various forms of boating and currently share a 17' pocket cruiser which I sail in tidal waters.