Fishing from a kayak can be an entirely different beast than just cruising about on the water in a kayak. There is always much more equipment and the kayak must be stable enough to make sure you can land those monster fish. Here is our reviews for the best and most stable kayak for fishing from MyFishingKayak.com
The Most Stable Kayak for Fishing Reviews and Tips
The purpose of this post includes elucidating the general principles of kayak stability, as well as explain what allowed us to develop the globe’s most stable kayak for paddling and fishing, based upon the invention defined in US utility patent number 6871608 with the title ‘Twin Hull Personal Watercraft’.
Stability: What is it?
Stability can be defined as resistance to change, displacement, or deterioration, and it’s a synonym for dependability and reliability. In naval terms it’ll mean the capability of a watercraft to sustain equilibrium or resume its upright, original position after tilting due to the action of waves, passengers, or wind.
This post discusses lateral stability, not directional stability, especially tracking.
Lateral Stability: Why is it So Important?
Lateral stability is an important factor in kayak fishing and kayaking as it allows prevention of accidents and boosts the well-being of kayak fishermen and kayakers.
This post discusses the fundamental terms utilized in kayak design within the context of stability, and how the W kayak provides a level of lateral stability previously considered to be unattainable within kayaks.
Primary & Secondary Stability
Primary stability refers to what a kayak feels like while it’s used inside flat water – Will the kayak convey a fundamental feeling of confidence and ease as far as its stability is concerned?
Secondary stability: it refers to how simple it is to control and stabilize the kayak as it is already heeled, or in adverse conditions where it’s constantly and/or suddenly being tilted upon its side – because of either an outside force or because of something a kayaker did.
Both secondary and primary stability are critical yet while primary stability mainly relates to how a kayak passenger feels, secondary stability is what mainly affects their performance and safety in fishing and paddling.
Any further talks about such terms would be futile without first determining who is inside a boat, since in the majority of cases a passenger weighs many times more than the kayak itself, and she/he is a key factor which affects the way a boat reacts to destabilizing forces, whether internal or external.
A flat-water racing kayak may be as 18-inches or 19-inches narrow, whereas a few fishing kayaks have a beam that is over 40-inches. The first are made for use by relatively small and highly skilled kayakers which cannot stabilize such kayaks without keeping their paddle inside the water, while the latter are needed to provide great stability mainly to less skilled and bigger paddlers which periodically happen to be fighting strong and big fish, and oftentimes stand up inside their kayak while fishing and paddling if they happen to be utilizing W fishing kayaks.
Thereby, primary stability has a lot to do with comfort; secondary stability is what’ll help you from getting the kayak overturned within real life conditions, whether you are surfing with it in 5’ waves or battling a powerful and big fish.
How Can you Maximize Kayak Stability?
What’ll work best
The most efficient method is applied within the W kayaks, and it comprises of minimizing the destabilizing effect of a kayaker’s weight upon the kayak in traditional kayaks and using this weight and additional attributes in W kayaks. For this method to be efficient the weight must be applied as low as it can, preferably a lot lower than the waterline, that’s below the surface.
In monohull, traditional sit-in kayaks a designer who wants to apply this technique would attempt to lower a kayaker’s CG (center of gravity) by making a deeper hull, as well as placing a kayaker’s lowest parts as near as it can be to the kayak’s bottom.
In this instance a designer’s efforts are going to be restricted by the truth that traditional kayaks have to have a shallow draft or else they will not provide enough free board, and by the modern-day kayaker’s necessity for a padded seat that places her/him at around a 2” distance higher than the lowest point of a hull.
The approach is mainly passive and concerns a kayaker as a load having specific physical properties like weight, width, and height.
Applying this stabilization method in SOT (sit-on-top) kayaks that have gained around 1/3 of the kayak marketplace today isn’t possible because the sit-on-top kayaker has to sit several inches above the waterline to allow water to drain down from the deck via the scupper holes, and attempt to prevent the deck from being oftentimes flooded by water deriving from below through these holes.
The W kayak isn’t limited with problems of free board and draft, and it’ll enable a kayaker to apply his/her own weight right to the lowest point of every hull through his/her feet, particularly in the riding or standing positions, in which the legs carry the majority of the weight. This method of stabilizing works less efficiently within the sitting position, which also is less efficient biomechanically and ergonomically– like the traditional sitting position inside kayaks.
The approach in W kayaks will take into consideration a kayaker’s physical attributes like weight and size, as well as her/his physiological attributes especially her/his natural propensity and obvious ability to balance herself/himself naturally through the usage of their feet, legs, etc.
Wavewalk boats and kayaks have a saddle seat that is similar to the saddles of PWC (personal watercraft), all-terrain vehicles, motorbikes and snowmobiles. The high-performance saddle allows a rider to benefit from optimal balancing abilities, within an intuitive and natural way, while causing no back pain, whatsoever.
One Question to Ask Yourself:
For a better understanding of this point we suggest the readers ask themselves this question: “Would I consider sitting inside the L kayaking, traditional position while riding a horse, surfing, riding a jet ski, snowmobile, an ATV (all-terrain vehicle), etc.?”
The answer: “Never!”, obviously, and it’s because all of those sporting activities require efficient and active balancing, which is better accomplished through the use of the legs, and for this purpose an L kayaking stance is worthless.
Traditional approach: A bigger kayak, XXL, XL, etc.
The most typical solution for boosting kayak stability is widening the beam, even though the wider a kayak the less effective it is for paddling. These wide fishing kayaks are pretty much impossible to paddle to a reasonable distance.
The improvement of initial lateral stability is accomplished by placing optimal buoyancy as far as it can go from a kayak’s longitudinal axis. In a monohull kayak (both ‘tunnel’ and regular hulled), it’s accomplished via a wider beam, yet even the widest monohull kayak will still have the majority of its buoyancy placed alongside its longitudinal axis – as depicted in Figure 2, in which the buoyancy is wasted as far as contribution to stability goes:
Even though the monohull kayak upon the left is wide for the length, the white spaces in it make up just a small portion of its overall volume. The white space inside the W kayak (right), in contrast, represent 100 percent of its overall volume, and they’re several times larger than the white spaces inside the traditional kayak.
In conclusion, all monohull kayak designs (Tunnel hull, SOT, and SIK) utilize just a small portion of their buoyancy for efficient stabilization, whereas the W design will use all of its buoyancy for that purpose.
It’s how the Wavewalk™ kayak is able to offer its unparalleled initial stability and a bit of the legendary secondary stability.
One other typical solution for boosting lateral stability is via the minimization of a kayak’s propensity for overturning and rolling by boosting resistance to rotary motion: It may be accomplished by giving a kayak a form which produces resistance from the water through the necessity to displace water as the kayak is tilting upon its way to roll. The method is helpful mostly in handling primary stability.
Left (Kayak A): The bottom portion of this kayak’s cross section is round, and this type of a kayak would be referred to as ’round bottom’ (imagine a virtual wheel, or barrel). This type of a kayak provides pretty much no resistance to rotary motion, and thereby is especially unstable.
Middle (Kayak B): The bottom portion of this kayak’s cross section is angular, and this type of a kayak might be defined as having ‘hard chines’. A chine is the nautical word for the line in which the bottom and side of the hull intersect. This type of kayak would need to displace some water as in lateral rotary motion and thereby provide more resistance than kayak A, and thereby might be more stable than the kayak A.
Right (Kayak C is a W Kayak): The bottom portion of this kayak has to displace large amounts of water while tilting (heeling) and forced into rotary motion, and thereby it provides optimal resistance to rotary forces.
A Tunnel Hull
Tunnel hulls are names given to monohulls with typically one ‘tunnel’ running alongside its longitudinal axis – from the bow to the stern. A tunnel is submerged, which includes its top side (‘ceiling’). A tunnel hull has been used since the latter part of the 1870s; the concept already has been tested and implemented in numerous kayak and canoe designs over time.
A tunnel hull kayak isn’t more stable than additional monohull kayak hulls (that is common SOT and SIK) of similar proportions and size, as is going to be discussed here.
Tunnel hull kayaks are another type of monohull (that is, single hull) kayak – It isn’t a multihull kayak (fig. 2); therefore, unlike a multi-hull, a tunnel hull doesn’t distribute more buoyancy upon its exterior sides than the regular monohull does (fig. 2). The majority of the tunneled hull’s buoyancy, in other words, is wasted as it’ll come to using it to boost lateral stability, which also is a problem in additional monohull designs (That is, SOT and SIK).
It is easy to see that with the sides significantly less buoyant than the sides of a multi-hull kayak the tunnel hull kayak can’t possibly be as stable.
Primary & Secondary Stability within Tunnel Hulls
If a monohull kayak’s tunnel is designed wide and deep enough, and the vertical sides have the proper form (example in fig. 4) they may act as extra ‘hard chines’ and thereby add a bit of initial resistance to rotational motion. It’s a long way from being comparable to such effect within a catamaran kayak because a tunnel’s sides are shorter than a boat’s total length while inside a catamaran kayak (That is, W kayak) the hulls’ length equals the boat’s total length.
As far as stability is concerned, it means that while going on flat water, specific tunnel hulled kayaks might feel more stable than other monohull kayaks, i.e., provide a bit more primary stability than traditional SOT or SIK designs. But, this possible benefit is likely not to be perceptible as it’d be offset by a tunnel hull’s deficiency in buoyancy.
Tunnel hull kayaks might not offer extra stability for substantial weight displacement of passengers, and it would not be helpful in waves, moving water, and additional adverse conditions: Secondary stability of the tunnel hull kayak doesn’t go beyond that of a monohull kayak of the same proportions and size, that is, it is substantially less stable than multihull kayaks.