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This is advise for somebody who is just getting a kayak. I thinks its important to take your new kayak out without any gear and really play with it, and be prepared to to get wet, the water is warming up and you should find some nice shallow and calm water. The idea here is to really find out about your kayak, how much you can lean over and not tip, Can you get to the hatches on the water? Can you sit cross way on the yak? ( i do this with mine). Do everything you can think off that you might do in the course of fishing on the water. You are trying to become one with you kayak as crazy as it sounds:)....I also think its a good idea to flip it and get back on it. You will be amazed how much more confident you be on the water knowing what your kayak's limits are and you will realize that your kayak is super stable once you understand how you weight centered keeps it planted like a rock. The first time I did this little drill I realized that it was pretty hard to flip, I had to really work to get it to go over. so play with you kayak and this is ofcourse not just for the newbie but everybody who wants to get more familiar with their kayak.

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Joey-

Great ideas. One question regarding the difficulty of flipping a yak back after purposefully (or otherwise) flipping out of it: Are there certain yaks that lend themselves to certain techniques of righting (sp?) them? Additionally, are certain yaks more suitable to re-mounting a certain way?

Given the variability between kayaks and hull designs, I would assume the answer to the latter question would be yes, but then again, I may be wrong. ;)

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Some yaks are a little harder to turn over if they flip and turn upside -down...usually the the more stable ones are the hardest to right, the wider beam makes it hard to get it turned...I practiced this and I think the best way is to while in the water reach across the flipped kayak and reach for the other side, you might have to get up on the flipped kayak a little and grap the other side and kinda use you weight to flip it right. this should be done at the center of the boat in the area you would sit it but ofcourse you will be doing it on the bottom of the boat..hope this makes sense...if it doesnt I will try again when I not so tired from fishing.
 

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i just got my cobra fish n dive yesterday and when i tried to test the limit i think it was nearly impossible to flip. its not the fastest kayak but its ridiculously stable. kayaks are more stable than many people think. a few weeks ago i was scared [email protected] about going on a kayak and being on it yesterday for 4 hours gave me the confidence to try and stand up on one.
 

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It usually takes the surf to flip a kayak and even then flipping a FnD back isn't hard. Most kayaks, SOTs, when they dump you stay right side up. they've already gotten rid of the reason they were tipping.
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