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Mariner kayaks

I'm intrigued by this brand of kayak. They resist bulkheads and hatches, and recommend loading through the cockpit, using those gear-accessible float bags. They also have a sliding seat, to accomodate a variety of conditions. The advantage seems to be that you can slide the seat back, scootch down into the boat, and take a nap. Or, if you capsize, you can get right in out of the water, possibly roll back. Also, if you happen to stuff your bow into the sand when you are surfing, there is no fiberglass bulkhead to bust through and hold your bleeding ankles while you drown. Is there a reason no one else is doing this?