Joined: Mon Jan 07, 2008 6:46 am Posts: 219 Location: Melbourne
I have a Southwind and I love it.
I fish in it mostly and there's a couple of things that I don't like about a sit in for fishing. If you catch something you need to deal with quickly (some fish need bleeding) or squid which squirt or bait the inside can get a little messy and the only way to clean up is to use a sponge or cloth to wipe out.
I only want to have one boat to do multiple tasks (no I don't but lets pretend) ok if I go on a big camping trip there's only space for a couple of yaks so I need flexibility. I'd like to fit a mirage drive but that needs a hole and last time I checked holes in yaks were discouraged.
So I'd like a "deck" in the cockpit to form the seat, somewhere to stick the mirage drive and a scupper system to get the water and mess out. It might add some weight but I think it would be a fine addition.
It would require 5" subfloor. I usually like to have you bum an inch or so higher. I can draw it but you should try paddling with your feet 5" off the bottom and your seat 6-7" off the bottom to see if you really want to try it.
It's the rounded hull shape that required the elevated seating position. Per Archimedes' principle, you need to displace enough of the hull into the water to equal the amount of weight you want to support.
South Wind is a somewhat rounded and narrow hull shape. If you look at it's hull cross section, the area of the cross section is not as much as a hull that is wider and less rounded (example pirogue).
So if you took a hull of similar overall width but was more blocky like a pirogue, the pirogue would not have to sit as deep in the water in the water as a more rounded hull to get the same displacement. But keep in mind, the South Wind's rounded hull shape will out-perform a pirogue in most situation. Not all, but most.
A "touring SOT" has always been the ultimate goal of many designers. But by the time you get one long enough to support paddler weight with a more rounded hull cross section, it ends up being 18' long.