inflatable kayak safe?
I can't see them being much fun to paddle very far either. And if the wind kicks up, I could see a blow up boat being a handful.
They might be in their element floating down a bouncy river, though.
Every feature in every boat is a trade off. Some boats shine where others will flounder, you have to decide what boat fits what you are going to do most often, your storage space, and what you have to transport your boat to the water. There are other considerations too, but those are the big ones.
If you get one, and fish successfully out of it, I will gladly change my opinions.
I am Long Island resident and not personally familiar with inflatables( I have a hobie Kona) but last summer A police officer out kayaking with his 5 year old son in an inflatable with no PFD was taken out of the mouth of the Nisseqougue river into Smithtown bay and couldn't get back in,It was a beautiful sunny breezy day .The next morning they found the boy floating alive in his PFD but his father drowned and it was believed he may have been trying to swim the yak back in.....but none knows. No safety gear was found..i.e. air horn,flashlight,kayak light ,radio etc. While I think some inflatables are nice unless it's a storage space issue I wouldn't buy one,and I certainly wouldn't kayak without safety gear.
Many sources say that they are pop resistant, and extremely hard to sink... i just cant see how they are worth it.. if you hit a barnacle, a tree root, or even scratch it loading it in the car you are out all that money. just not worth it in my opinion. And thats just without fishing on it. A stray lure or hook would sink you and all your gear on the spot, and unless you have a vs or a torque... just say goodbye to those reels(in saltwater of course)