essential kayak gear

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castor0troy

essential kayak gear

Post by castor0troy »

guys
can you list essential gears for sea kayaking.

my list would be

dry bags and boxes.
floatation vest
gps/compass
sunscreen
first aid
headlamp

would you guys include gloves in the list?

thanks
sam

Alm

Re: essential kayak gear

Post by Alm »

gloves would be nice; however, shorts I personally find more useful. Not a requirement, of course, G-string will do; in a cinch, one glove, strategically placed, might work as well.

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Re: essential kayak gear

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I would add to your list:
- spare paddle (I prefer to carry a 72" wood Greenland storm paddle)
- spray skirt
- bilge pump
- sun hat
- Goretex paddling jacket
- water bottle
- small skein (10' to 20') of nylon rope
- sunglasses
- clip on white safety light (required in my state after dark)
- gloves
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Re: essential kayak gear

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KerryOnKayaks wrote:...
...No shorts then? OK, sun hat will work too (strategically placed). Though I can't understand why carrying a spare paddle when main paddle isn't there anyway...

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Re: essential kayak gear

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The Watertribe website has a lot of great safety information.

http://www.watertribe.com/

I seem to remember seeing recommendations for small safety kits as well as expedition versions.

Of course you'll always want to add shorts!

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A knife comes in handy when you have to cut yourself out of a bind... like when you got yer "G" all in a tangle.

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Right on, Slidegear

About 20+ years ago on a nube kayaking trip, one of the the folks capsized. He had numerous gadgets in his kayak, all fastened on nylon cords. When we tried to get him back in the kayak the cords were wrapped around him and we could barely keep his head above water. Nobody had a knife, but a young lady came to the rescue with a Leatherman tool and freed him. Unfortunately some of his gadgets were lost, but his life was saved. Since then I always carry a Leatherman and a knife.

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http://www.cafepress.com/+classic_thong,232553077
You all should be sporting an FKO thong!
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http://www.gunblast.com/500Linebaugh.htm

If you all paddle up Alaska's Southeast you may also want to be sporting one of these :wink:

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Re: essential kayak gear

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What is essential depends very much on where you're kayaking, in what conditions, and for how long. However: I would never set out without:

PFD
Spare paddle
Rescue float
Pump for bailing
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Re: essential kayak gear

Post by KayakJim »

In Canada now of course the Coast Guard dictates minimum safety gear as

paddle
bailing device
pfd (properly sized)
sound signalling device (whistle)
15m/ 50 ft floating rope

and if in reduced visibility, a light

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If I'm paddling anywhere the water is more than a few feet deep, I always have:

PFDs with attached whistle
bailing bucket and pump
Rescue float

That's the minimum.
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