Float bags and swamping

Posted by Rick on Jan 20, 2005

I'm reading the Sea Kayaker book "Deep Trouble" - I highly recommend it - it is an amazing read and illustrates with great clarity how things can go so wrong so fast.

A couple of stories describe the loss of bow and/or stern hatches by 10-15 ft crashing waves and the subsequent swamping of the boat.

This raises a couple of questions:

1) What does CLC (or anyone else) have to say about the strength of the nylon hatch straps - have you ever heard of a hatch getting blown off by a wave and a boat swamping in such a manner?

2) If there is the chance I might encounter rough seas, should I have float bags installed for that extra safety?

Thanks, Rick

C18 WR162 (Wife's)