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Old 08-06-2015, 18:07   #16
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Re: Inflatable Kayaks - Wet or Dry?

I bought a cheap (under $100) plastic Sevylor kayak a couple of years ago, and was impressed enough to buy two more. They roll up super compact, take about 30 seconds to inflate with a $10 electric blower, and the kids and I always have them wherever we go.
If they are properly pressurized, and you can lower your butt gently from the boarding ladder, it is possible to keep completely dry in calm to light conditions. Getting back off and staying dry is trickier but doable!
I used to have a PVC dinghy which would fit in a suitcase and still leave room for clothes etc but an offshore breeze can cause serious problems with windage vs paddlability. On the kayak in the same conditions you will get wet for sure, but you are a whole lot more likely to actually reach the safety of your boat...

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Old 09-06-2015, 02:55   #17
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Re: Inflatable Kayaks - Wet or Dry?

SVJennie, You could also consider an inflatable stand up paddle board. No problem with water running down the paddle. Step on step off. Cost around $1000.

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