A short letter tips on Inflatables against rigid kayak

While the classic image of a kayak is a hard-hulled boat and a single sailor, you will have noticed the inflatable kayaks that appear in stores and in magazines. These boats are rated in quality from inexpensive inflatable rafts to high quality and durable boats that rival rival rigid kayaks in terms of performance. In general, inflatable kayaks cost less, but do not move in the water as easily as a classic kayak.

Size

Rigid kayaks are much heavier than their rubber-and-air counterparts, which can weigh as little as 16 pounds (7.26 kilograms).Deflated, inflatable kayaks are folded to the size of a canvas bag and fit easily into the trunk of a car. This eliminates the need for a roof rack. Some of the more compact models fit inside a backpack or luggage, which opens the possibilities of kayaking in the country or abroad. Apartment residents will find it easier to store an inflatable kayak at home, where it can fit in a closet, than a rigid kayak. However, inflatable kayaks have less load capacity available than the average rigid kayak.

Price

Starting at around US $ 100, in May 2011, inflatable kayaks cost much less than rigid kayaks.However, you can spend $ 1,000 on an inflatable kayak or a rigid kayak, as both types have a large price range that match their wide range of qualities. Low-end inflatable kayaks are inexpensive but not as durable or manoeuvrable as high-end types. When it comes to rigid kayaks, plastic is the cheapest material available, but also the heaviest.

Maintenance

Inflatable kayaks require inflating and deflating every time you use them, and there is always the possibility of a puncture. Buying a high-quality inflatable kayak made of sturdier materials can reduce the chances of a leak. Some models are even resistant to punctures thanks to the materials used or to redundant air chambers. Some boats inflate in as little as 10 minutes, while others take longer. Rigid kayaks do not require much maintenance, but wooden kayaks need more care than other kayaks. The only maintenance required for an inflatable kayak is to dry it before storing it.

Performance

Since inflatable kayaks weigh much less than rigid kayaks, they can be difficult to control. However, one advantage of inflatable kayaks is that they are fairly stable and more difficult to overturn than standard kayaks. In general, rigid kayaks are faster and more maneuverable, especially during high winds that will push an inflatable kayak. In inclement weather and especially in the ocean, rigid kayaks are in many more conditions to navigate. Browse our website hereĀ http://www.seakayakermag.com/best-inflatable-kayaks/ for more details.

SIGN THE LETTER

* indicates required

Open Letter Committee:
Anthony Barnett, Charles Glass, Tony Curzon Price, Roger Graef, Jemima Khan, Henry Porter, Pranvera Smith, Rachel Johnson, Elaine Potter, Vaughan Smith (chair).

PRESENTED BY:

The Frontline Club

SUPPORTED BY:

Open Democracy

Reporters Without Borders

The Newspaper Guild

The International Federation of Journalists

English PEN

Article 19