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Stability and Carrying Gear

     There are a number of reasons for wanting a stable kayak. You may be new to kayaking or you may want to carry lots of gear. If you want to carry scuba or fishing gear in your kayak you don't want to be capsizing and losing any of   your expensive equipment.

     If fishing  you'll want to be able to move around in the kayak to access the hatch or tool boxes, manipulate gear and tipping over could easily cause you you financial loss or injury.

     And stability is not the number one requirement for many people. It's actually a lot of fun to paddle a nimble kayak that requires a bit of skill to keep upright. Some models have what's called secondary stability which feels tippy initially allowing the kayak to be quick but when tipped over a bit  will sit on a flatter surface and resists tipping further.

     Divide your stability requirements by your need to go fast then factor in your budget  to find the model that's going to keep you satisfied for the long term.

      When I did my Big Island kayak circumnavigation I chose the Scupper Pro TW. The Vector 14 was not available at that time or that would have been my choice. The Pro TW was enticing to me for it's speed and load carrying ability. On our Big Island Circumnavigation, with our weight/gear combination, it was stable enough for us. The Pro TW does become more tippy as you weigh it down heavily which does not seem to be the case with either of  the prowlers...

     There are a number of very stable single kayaks like the Big Yak, Caper, Sidekick, Drifter and Prowler Big Game

And some of the more stable tandems would be the Malibu, Malibu XL, Tri-Yak and Zest EXP ...