14 February 2021

Stability of SUPs

Modern SUPs are more stable and can be used on all fours (i.e. when doing SUP yoga). The stability and ability to duck under a water surge can be a godsend when playing on the water. Their ability to withstand a lot of weight without breaking is second to none. Try watching someone go under in a wave, and watching their body go up in the air because they didn’t have the presence of mind to jump back. Even if you play on water, it is best to avoid under surge sections.

This said, it is most advisable to play on calm water. If you are not going to be on a boat, and are not on a surf team, you should have a tier-din (a beginner/intermediate surfboard) because it teaches very safe riding techniques.

It is an effective tool when fishing for salmon and can add an extra edge to your salmon fishing. Tier-din is anchored between two rocks and your knees, giving you stability while focusing your vision and attention on the fish.

You can also make a miniature sit-down race between your friends, challenging each other to move fastest. To make this safe, add an additional piece of rope to sit down in the middle between the two of you. The four of you can sit back and back up, with each person alternating how much weight they can bear. The idea here is to ignored, you watch each other and periodically correct each other’s mistake. This way if a mistake is made, someone has the knowledge to step in quickly.

The purpose of any inflated or inflatable boat is to get air into it and to transform momentum it creates into pounds. If you are using an inflatable boat when fishing, you need to ensure that the hull and the hull lines are selected so that they create the correct pressure fronts, which will enable them to maximize their efficiency. The top of the line should be pretty heavy, but the middle of the line should be can be as heavy as possible. The lower of the line should also be relatively light, since you need a fair amount of power when you are deflating your boat. But the greatest contribution of your tool box is the design of the lines itself. By allowing the tops of the sails to meet the hull, the greatest volume of the wind will be pushing the boat forward. But when the top of the lines crosses the middle of the boat, the power being produced by the engine will be dissipated and the boat will tend to gear down. To ensure that the lines will invest the least amount of energy, wrap the rope around the middle of the boat where the main lines enter and exit.

This will ensure that the lines are reducing the ball of the boat, reducing the speed of your boat and making it less efficient. But this also reduces the stability of the boat, and you will find that you are more likely to tip your boat into the waves. Less ball in a small boat is an invitation for disaster.

If you do take on water, remember that although commercial fishing boats often use motors, they are very, very noisy, and also consume a lot of fuel. If you want to see wildlife, or simply have a friendly chat with someone, whilst you fish, it is far better to bear that extra weight and to Radisson some of the weight yourself. Ask any guide worth his salt, and he will tell you that you can remove much of the boat’s weight by yourself. The easiest way of doing this is to remove the tackle box and the power boom from the fly. Then use the jacks to stand the front spinnaker in place. Then lift the locker off the bunk stowage and drop the remaining luggage, gear and section underneath. You should then be able to slide the locker right into the open hole, and forget about it. Now you can use the jacks to support the boat. Although this method doesn’t take much care, it is very simple and if you are careful, very effective.

The flysheet will also have to be fitted to the monohull. The important points again are that it must be fitted carefully and protruding parts must be covered with spars. The part that contacts the ground (if you are sitting in a traditional kayak) should be ground down and the same for the motor. The cable should be checked for rough edges which could tear off on a windy day.

The final aspect you should take a look at is the unforgiving sea. Bear in mind that if you head into the calmer waters, you may be towed further out to sea by the current. The further out you go, the more you will be restricted by the surf zone restrictions. Generally, you do not want to go too far as you don’t want to swim away from the comfort of the beach.

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