Following on from this post, on a whim I decided to purchase an inflatable SUP. When not punctured, I very much enjoyed using my 'yak but, to be honest, I rarely took it on waters that merited this type of craft.
On the Mystic River or the Concord, its the right bit of kit - but I spent most of my time on flat lakes where the order of the day (during the hot weather, at least) is to get into the water and go for a paddle rather than being protected from the wet stuff. As an aside, one of the big disadvantages of the inflatable 'yak is that if you find yourself unseated, it is very difficult to get back aboard from the water.
If by some miracle the Amazon driver manages to find my house today (the street I live in has been around for at least 18-months. All of the other couriers find us without any issue, but for some reason the Amazon drivers either give up and RTB or deliver our packages elsewhere about 75% of the time) I hope to get on the water this afternoon!
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If you do it on a high flow river like the Thames, have a session with a trainer first. Otherwise you'll have no appreciation of the pull at the top of the weirs and end up in a right old pickle.
And paddle upstream first so when you're knackered you can float back.
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Similarly, if on a lake, paddle upwind first.
Tried it in St Lucia, whilst falling in and hanging onto the paddle, dislocated a few fingers, quick pop them back in - seated paddle back to the bar to cool the joint holding iced rum cocktails - stuck to the kayaks and Hobbie cats after that.
Otherwise looks fun
Well, first time on the water yesterday and I ache all over now. Conditions were not ideal - a lot of chop from windy conditions and a number of motor boats on the lake.
The week before I'd rented a rigid SUP and after one dunking I was able to get around ok. I just couldn't stand up on this new inflatable SUP - I ended up in the water about a half-dozen times.
I'm not a super-strong swimmer so I had my 'yak PFD on (class III). Early in the session I managed a test scramble back onto the board from the back (I've since seen videos that advocate doing it from the side). The last time I fell in I hadn't even been standing - a momentary loss of concentration and I was in the wet stuff - despite being on my knees at that point. This time round I was just a bit further out than other spills and I was in deeper water. I was pretty tired and bashed up by this point so I decided to try to swim to shallower water rather than getting back on the board. Boy, was it tough! It took a lot of effort to overcome the drag of the PFD and the board. Lessons learned - don't overdo a session to the point where getting back on the board could be a problem and do more practice runs for getting back on the board whilst still fresh.
BTW, my prediction about the delivery came true. I checked progress on my phone rather than my usual trick of checking on line. When you use a phone it gives you a map of where the driver is and how many drops away he is from your house. I could see from the off that there would be a problem as the red pin for my house was nowhere near my house. Tracked the green driver dot to the center of town, then got a message saying they were unable to deliver. Was on the phone to Amazon Support for about 45 minutes. Just as we were about to give up on the call, their driver sent through a message to say he had located our house. Supervisor I was dealing with promised to update the database with our correct location - but we have been told that one before now, so expectations are not high. We will be out of this place in the next few weeks, so hopefully we won't have this problem at our new address.