Yakking in mid 40s water
Gents who know-
Yakking in a SOT in mid 40s water requires a dry suit, eh? I have a new inflatable kayak I'm dying to try, but I have no dry suit. Too dangerous at water temps like that?
Would be the way to go but...
a good full neopreme suit would work except for the fact that you would probably have a melt down and sponteneously combust?! :hehe:
When I paddle, I look at the water and air temps...if they don't add up to 100, hypothermia is knocking on the door...even 120 can get you in trouble quicker than you might think.
Sure, you don't plan on an immersion but, if you dump, you've got to be able to self rescue AND not get so cold that you get in trouble.
I'd say, to be on the safe side, wait until it gets a little warmer and make it a group gaggle until you get comfy with the pool toy...IMHO
And if you get out to the Cape, bring the Yak with you and I'll show you some special places!:D
I touched my little foot in the waters I had planned on Yakking in and it was so cold (with 86 deg air!!!) I completely forgot about it. If I were to fall in and then have to take a subway an hour to my hour, I'd be blue and mostly dead before my wife had the pleasure to laugh at me.
I really like your formula- 100/120deg.
a farmer john wetsuit. Usually made of 3mm neopreme. Only thing, most have no feet and are shortsleeved. But can be found in long sleeved. We actually used them quite a bit when I whitewatered. Even in colder water/weather. THey actually have booties of neopreme that fit over your feet. But what you could do is use a pair of breathables over the farmer johns. That way you're warm, you'll float, and water proof. Then add whatever you normally wear over it.
Do a websearch for Northwest River Supply or Cascade Outfitters. They have some great prices on gear I mentioned. I used to get a professional discount, so that was a bonus.
I have become a big fan of dry suits since I found the courage to take a blade to the latex neck and wrist seals. It now fits securely without interuption of bloodflow and being goretex I was able to paddle for hours this past Sunday in 80F+ and not break a sweat. That particular suit retails for slightly MORE than I paid for the Yak but I got lucky and the store were running a 20% discount on 'accessories' at the time.
A lot of kayak fishermen are using a combination of breathable stockingfoot waders plus a dry-top. The fit of the waist seal plus added insurance of a wading belt reportedly makes a good waterproof seal. Somewhat less $$ than a full dry suit.
I started out with the Farmer-John/Fleece combo and it was effective but I wouldn't want to have been paddling in that setup this past Sunday!
Think of this it take only one hour in 50 degree water to get hyperthermia. Yes an hour is a bit long to be in the water but it drives home the point that even at 50 you could get it.
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