If you’ve been in a kayak, especially if you’ve tried fishing from one, you would have probably felt restricted by the small space offered to you, as well as by the craft’s limited stability.
Such initial conditions are not recommended for fishing, for obvious reasons, and they are particularly challenging for people above a certain age, who need to be more comfortable and safer in more than one sense.
A significant proportion of kayak fishing capsize accidents happens while the kayak is stationary, and the angler inside, or on top of it is fishing, and loses balance, often while trying to get hold of some piece of fishing equipment stored in a hatch that’s too difficult to access, or fell on board or inside the kayak.
You can capsize a fishing kayak simply by turning around to talk to another person, or observe something on the water, or on shore.
Sitting peacefully in a common fishing kayak and being hit by a sudden wake sent by a motorboat you didn’t notice can result in an overturned kayak, especially if the kayak is not super-stable, and your own reactions are a bit too slow, or excessive.
In other cases, the angler is standing in his kayak, or on the deck of their SOT kayak, believing the kayak is suitable for stand up fishing, just to discover, a bit too late, that there’s no ‘Plan B’ option in case they lose balance, which can be caused by a variety of things, including being distracted by external events, or by one’s own wandering thoughts…
There are over forty million people who fish in the United States alone, and many of them are seniors. There are also over seventeen million leisure boats in the country, most of which are motorboats, and many that are used for fishing, including by many elderly people. In comparison, the number of people who fish from kayaks is dismal, and the proportion of senior kayak anglers out of the entire kayak fishing population is small. This basically means two things: That when fishing is concerned, the overwhelming majority of anglers prefer motorboats to kayaks, and that kayak fishing isn’t particularly appealing to senior anglers, and for good reasons.
In order for fishing kayaks to accommodate the needs of senior anglers, such craft should offer more comfort, stability and accessible storage than all sit-in and SOT fishing kayaks offer, as well as easy access into the kayak, getting out easily, and an overall level of usability and safety that seniors can find only in W fishing kayaks – for normal conditions as well as for those ‘senior moments’ that can happen to anyone.