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Old 11-24-2015   #1
 
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Question re flotation in the stern of an IK?

Would putting a stern flotation bag[s] from a hardshell into the stern of an IK change the way it goes through holes or drops? Just wondering as my hardshell flt bag fits perfectly into the back of my sevy.

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Gut reaction:

You are taking the worst thing about an IK (inability to punch holes) and making it worse while not improving the best thing about them (stability, ease of use, cargo space) For any whitewater an IK should be used on additional flotation shouldn't be an issue.
MAYBE you could argue that in a flip they might help you right the boat easier, but I'd rather punch holes better and if you struggle to right your IK you should practice that skill instead of adding equipment.
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Don't have any issue with righting the boat or hole punching. Was just asking a simple question.
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I would think a float bag would help in the rear or front. It would displace water that would come in during a big hit. Help prevent those hits where the boat fills up and stalls or back surfs.
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Maybe a float bag covered with some sort of spray skirt, similar to an aire force kayak or others, now you are talking
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Don't want to complicate things or add more weight. But thanks for the comments.
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One word answer: NO.
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Maybe why float bags are helpful in hard-shells and open whitewater canoes is because they displace the water that would be in that space otherwise (after a rapid in an OC or after a swim for a kayak). My IK is self-bailing, so I don't see that float bags would be helpful.
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I plan on taking it out on some cl 3 over the next couple of days, both with and without the bags and see if there is any diff. punching holes, surfing, etc. I spoke to the people at AIRE wrt the Force which has those large bags in the bow and stern and they said that the bags are there to help with rolling but would not be a disadvantage otherwise either.
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Float bags prevent the Force from filling with water. It climbs back to the surface faster than any other IK because of this. Other IKs bail slowly and are hard to control through multiple drops if they "bathtub". The floats on the force also give more of a "fit" than a backrest and foot pegs.
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