I am reading "Deep Trouble" and am (fortunately for me) learning a lot. Feeling a bit lucky that I've gotten away with some chances I've taken the past few years (not even realizing the potential danger) while paddling a Wilderness Systems Pamlico (tandem kayak) and paddling/surfing) an Ocean Kayak Frenzy sit-on-top in the Atlantic Ocean off the North Carolina coast. (For example, I think I'll wear that PFD _all_ the time from now on...)
Anyway, I keep reading about sea socks as an important safety device, and I can't figure out exactly what one looks like or how they work, but I assume the large, open cockpit of the Pamlico would not permit my using one (it sounds to me like they are used to fill up space in the cockpit and there's no deck in this boat to hold anything down except in the ends of the boat).
I'm going to find additional flotation for the bow (the stern floats nicely with its bag inflated) which I think may improve things, but now I'm curious - what the heck is a sea sock and why is it that I can't find one at any of the internet sites that sell kayak supplies?
If someone could direct me to a site that shows a sea sock and how it works, or describe one to me in an understandable way, I'd be grateful.
According to the blurb on page 148 of the book, it appears that a sea sock is not an option. Is the Wilderness Systems Pamlico (and other open-cockpit double kayaks) inherently unsafe to the extent that, once it's capsized, you have little chance at pumping it out if there are any waves at all? Does anyone have any suggestions about how to improve the flotation of an open-cockpit double kayak?