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weight vs. volume

Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 1:13 am
by irrationalsolutions
i know daren has said the weight really isnt the issue with kayaking its volume you have to worry about. i was wondering if there was a point where you could be under on volume but over on weight? and are there any pros or cons of more or less weight?

Re: weight vs. volume

Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:20 pm
by DarenN
that's a though one, IRA. :lol:
a good example of volume concerns is a cookpot. it's hollow, and therefore a waste of valuable space. but, if i can nest things inside the pot then the space is not wasted. now lets say that i have a stove that is very efficient and fits in the pot and leaves room to fill the pot with other things, like fuel, utensils, or just stuff. if that stove weighs 4 ounces or 1 ounce will make absolutely no difference to me. 3 ounces one way or the other just doesn't matter in a kayak. hell, three pounds one way or the other won't make a difference in a kayak. it sure would in a backpack though! ;)

lets take this to the extreme.
lets say the kayak has a maximum weight limit of 350 pounds. if you read that from a kayak manufacturer, it includes the weight of the boat. so 50# for the boat leaves 300# for paddler and gear. me and the gear i wear weigh 190#, leaving 110# for stowable gear. a full can of beer weighs 13.1 ounces. 12 dozen beers (loose) would easily fit in the boat, and over-load the boat's capacity by about 9 beers. at this point the boat would be quite tippy and hard to handle. after all those beers the paddler would be quite tippy and hard to handle. :D

an over loaded kayak will be hard to handle.
an under loaded kayak can be hard to handle as well.
one of my kayaks absolutely loves to have about 50# of gear in her. she really settles down and is a joy to paddle.

Daren.........

Re: weight vs. volume

Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:34 pm
by irrationalsolutions
it sounds like there is some trail and error involved in this.

Re: weight vs. volume

Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:55 pm
by russb
irrationalsolutions wrote:it sounds like there is some trail and error involved in this.
Only if one is portaging. LOL