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 Post subject: Puffin II vs. Saranac
PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:15 pm 

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Hello All,
New to this forum. Completed my introduction a couple of days ago but it has not yet been posted. I have used the Pakboats Puffin II on numerous occasions for fishing. Excellent stability, great fishing platform. Two years ago I purchase a newer Saco. Although the Saco is great for a day of sightseeing, I found the stability necessary for the twisting and turning necessary while fishing to be lacking. I’m considering purchasing (when available) a Pakboats Saranac. I am wondering if anyone out there has paddled both the Puffin II and the newer model Saranac who can comment on their respective stabilities. Thanks for your consideration.

PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:06 am 
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Puffin II, Saranac and Saco all share the same cross ribs as well as the cross section of inflatable parts, so there is very little difference in the shape of the hulls. It is true that the newer models (Saranac and Saco) feel "tippier", but that is not related to a difference in the stability of the hull. The one thing that is different between old (Puffin II) and new is the seat.

Puffin II has inflatable seats that rest on the bottom. Saranac and Saco have seats with cross bars that are attached to the sides. These sling type seats place the center of gravity a little higher, which affects the stability. Stability with the new seat can be increased by moving the cross bars a little closer together, letting the seat "sag" a bit more.

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