I’m trying to replace my Sea Eagle 370. Main issue is I can’t sit for more than 2+ hours and think if I can switch between standing (SUP style) and sitting that will help with comfort and endurance. I’m looking into buying an iSUP and add a seat to accomplish that. but also think a type of SOT inflatable could work.
I want the new boat to have somewhat better tracking and speed than my SE 370. Ideally I don’t increase cross- wind-surface.
- NRS Star Rival has a 20" wide drop-stitch deck (out of a 38" width). I’m a bit concerned I couldn’t have my feet wide enough for SUP style operation. This review also seems to show it not track well, but that could be resolved with a longer fin. He also says it is slow, but i don’t know if that means slower than a hard-kayak, or a typical inflatable.
I kind of like the pontoon idea to give a wide platform while only having 2 thinner hulls.
Another boat I looked at is the Saturn OK 420, but the inner deck is only 14"wide, making SUP mode even less feasible.
What I hope to find in a kayak vs. just using an SUP with a seat is that it could be wider with not more drag (pontoon style), and has multiple air chambers. But what I have found above seems to be worse for SUP operation.
I don’t know yet if my boating will be 20% sitting vs. 80% standing, or the other way around. That is something I will need to try out. but from a comfort point, I really want to try out a craft that allows me to do both. I’m actually surprised there isn’t much that allows both since SUP and kayaks both have a large fanbase. And no matter which is the better sport, after 4 hours of being in one position, I sure what to switch things up. One could say to get both a kayak and SUP. but on longer tours I really think switching will be good.
Are there other inflatables that basically would have an open deck?
And a question that also could be answered by hard-SOT users: do people actually use an SOT or similar craft to use for stand-up paddling and switch between sitting and standing?