I initially thought I made a mistake purchasing my 2011 Hobie Oasis after I realized that I wouldn't always have a "front seater" when I wanted to take my yak out for fishing or just a cruise. Now that I have found my ideal solution, I'm glad that I got this battleship of a yak, maybe more so than a single because it's fast, more stable, very safe and has great capacity and can handle sudden changes in conditions better than most.
Without a proper ballast solution, the bow is high and the yak isn't a practical solo craft. Some here have offered ballast solutions, lead, sand bags, weights etc. from their experience, and I appreciate people sharing their ideas. I hope that someone finds this useful for them.
I was going to use a 70 litre dry bag filled with water but when testing it I found it to seep, and after a day on the water the last thing I want at the end of the day is to have by bow up and control issues, especially if it gets nasty suddenly.
This ballast bag, has a 125 lb. capacity when filled. These are used for wake boarding but is a perfect solution for me. It is very durable and it has handles on both ends that won't tear, and the bag can be lifted when full without damaging it. Can't wait to get out on the water.http://www.activewake.com/straight-line ... bs.html#sf
Larger image: http://www.slsports.com/img/bigbag/big/ ... sac125.jpg