Figuring out how to make sit-in kayaks unsinkable involves controlling environmental and material factors that affect how much water can enter the kayak. The following elements must be considered before making or purchasing a kayak. Learn from the experts, take notes, and prepare to taste water.
To make sit-in kayaks unsinkable, you will need:
- Sit-In Kayak
- Paddling Skills
- Weather Information
- Kayak External Parts (Spraydeck)
- Balance your paddle movement. This is not a kayak feature in and of itself; it’s more of an ability that will allow you to avoid sinking. Make sure that you feel comfortable manipulating your paddle based on the length of your arms. Try to adjust your paddling movements accordingly based on your center of gravity. This means that the paddle should not be held too far to the right or to the left when you are sitting in the kayak. Balancing as such will assure that the kayak remains right side up. Focus on stability.
- Do not carry extra weight. Some people like to use the sit-in kayak as a sit-on-top kayak by placing their belongings on it. This is not what sit-in kayaks were made for. For example, sit-on-top kayaks are a better choice for those planning to fish as you can move freely around the kayak and can take on extra weight. On the contrary, sit-in kayaks rely on a certain weight distribution and should be fitted to its paddler.
- Be wary of weather conditions. Always check the weather before taking the kayak out and be sure to ask local kayakers to point out areas to avoid. Weather is an important external element that affects a kayak’s propensity to sink. Use common sense and do not take the sit-in kayak out in conditions of intense water current or stormy weather. Only do so if you’re an expert and know the limits of your skills.
- Purchase a Spraydeck. If kayaking in stormy conditions and wild adventures is your sit-in kayak style, a Spraydeck is necessary as a preventative measure. These are made from different materials such as neoprene, nylon, and nylon/neoprene. What does it do? It’s a safe, watertight cloth (imagine a kayak wet suit) that functions as a helpful cover to prevent water from entering the opening. Sometimes, it’s also referred to as a “Sprayskirt.”
- Make your own homemade sit-in kayak. To have ultimate control over your kayak’s design, you can make it unsinkable by using material such as marine plywood. Covering the plywood with fiberglass will aid as a waterproof layer. Design the hull to your liking and cut every panel you will need. Once you finish building the kayak, you can also cover it with the Spraydeck for double protection.