What’s The Difference Between The 500 and 502 W Kayak Series?
The new 502 W kayak series features the same hull and deck rigging as the 500 series. However, the 502 series models come with an additional feature: They are outfitted with a set of 4 Nylon eyelets (tie-downs) on each side of their hull (total of 8 eyelets). These additional eyelets enable attaching a pair of extra large (XL) detachable flotation modules to each side of the W kayak – a total of 4 XL flotation modules.
What Is Extra Side Flotation Good For?
This extra side flotation increases the kayak’s recovery performance, in the sense that it’s less likely to tip over or flip, and if it does, recovering it would be easier. This is especially important if the kayak is outfitted with heavy accessories such as deck mounted rod holders, rowing oars, a motor, a sailing rig, etc.
Note: There Are Drawbacks In Having Extra Large Size Flotation –
Additional side flotation makes the kayak wider, and therefore less efficient for paddling: Each extra large (XL) flotation module is 4″ in diameter. Adding such module on each side of a W kayak makes it 8″ wider, that is 36.5″ wide instead of 28.5″ which is the basic width of the W kayak hull.
Note: Additional Side flotation Does Not Improve Your Kayak’s Stability
Side flotation modules do not act as stabilizers (outriggers). They do not prevent accidents, since they are strictly a means of recovery, and come into action after an accident happens – not before it does.
Note: Additional Side Flotation Does Not Increase Your Kayak’s Load Capacity
Flotation improves the kayak’s buoyancy only in case of an accident, but it has no affect on its load capacity in normal operating conditions. Outfitting your kayak with extra floatation doesn’t mean you can exceed its maximum recommended load capacity.