I took my daughter out on a rented SUP and she liked it better for swimming than when I took her out with my Sea Eagle 370 (easier re-entry, more room to maneuver). My wife also expressed some SUP interest (no interest in kayak. though). My daughter was just sitting on it and I was driving. I got the standing part done OK without shaking too much. But also wanted to sit more, or be lower in case of a wave. So my idea is to have something that can be like a hybrid that can do SUP duty, and also is OK for kayaking on recreational and shorter excursions. Being on a knee isn’t great and paddling while kneeling isn’t great at all. I also see this as a trick to get the family interested in kayaking while they think they are on an SUP
One option is an iSUP with D-rings for a seat. Like the Sea Eagle Needlenose or most of any iSUP. But I saw this review of the GoPlus Dropstitch. That basically is am iSUP with a center mold for a lowered seat area. I imagine when standing up walking around the center hole can be annoying. but one could stand in the lower part as well.
Or is an iSUP with D-rings for a seat just better? Main downside of that is higher center of gravity when sitting. an iSUP with seat on top basically is a SOT. I assume the SUP will be much more convenient to use due to larger size.
I also never heard of GoPlus and couldn’t find an actual manufacturer’s website. this seems to be a cheaper boat at $340. but we are talking mainly recreational use here during warm days only on calmer days. That boat is only 10.5’ long, which I consider too short for solo use. But I wonder if there are more such boats that are longer.
I’m only interested in inflatables at this point.
- what’s to say about goPlus boats and specifically this dropstitch one?
- would an iSUP with seat on top all around better? Or is there any reason to go the route of the goplus design?
- is there any point in looking into one of the specific hybrids (like the above NRS, and SUP yak) when I could get an SUP and add my own seat?