sea kayak info
In an attempt to keep myself alive while paddling all over creation in a sea kayak I "mentioned" to Santa that I would like books pertaining to kayaking.
One that I found in my stocking was "Sea Kayaker's Savvy Paddler - More than 500 Tips for Better Kayaking." It covers everything from major equipment purchases to planning and packing for multiple week trips. It doesn't go into subjects like the mechanics of an eskimo roll, it is more a checklist of do's and don'ts to make your paddling more efficient.
Some of my favorites:
#1 - A week of competent instruction is worth a year of just paddling around.
#9 - The best way to learn to stay dry is to get wet, often.
#21 - Every time you go out for a day paddle, spend the last twenty minutes doing a few practice rolls.
#36 - Test paddle a loaded kayak. Feel and performance will be very different with a load on board(at least 50lbs.) You can use two-liter bottles filled with water.
#60 - A paddle that's shorter overall will permit a greater variation in stroke rate.
And the one I found most interesting:
#127 - Glue a piece of neoprene or 1/4 inch foam under your feet in the cockpit. It will keep your feet warmer and prevent sandy boots from wearing a hole in the hull.
I'll post worthwhile tips from time to time. I also have a line on a decent kayaking school down in RI that I am looking into. I want to procede correctly so I don't find myself in over my head at some point next year. Buying the kayak is easy, being safe is a full time job.
Happy New Year.
Mark, I totally agree on the idea of instruction. Safety and dealing with emergencies is an obvious area but, just like casting, it seams there are efficient and not so efficient ways of propelling a kayak. Since this will be a first for me, getting the right technique down before developing a bunch of bad habits seems like an all round smart move. Fortunately there are several schools in my neck of the woods also, so I plan to sign up for a few lessons before the season gets going.
It looks like we have quite a core of enthusiastic paddlers and I'm really looking forward to checking out all those previously inaccessible areas!:smokin:
I'm pretty sure there are one or two good sea kayak instructors up on the North Shore, I'll try to find the info for you.
There's always Billington Sea in Plymouth as well. He's a great guy who has been yakking more than most instructors experience combined.
Maybe you can get a Doogue clan discount...
Those were some interesting tips. I personally enjoy kayaking (open water) and fly-fishing (although I usually just use the kayak to get where I want to fish and then I get out and fish).
One more tip....
My book shows a "rescue stirrup" in the safety section. Here is what it says:
"Some paddlers find it impossible to reenter a kayak with a high back deck. Fatigue or hypothermia may disable an otherwise proficient paddler trying to get back into the kayak. A rescue stirrup can be a necessary leg up. Cut a piece of 1-inch nylon tubular webbing long enough(about 14 feet) to reach around the cockpit coaming and hang 18 inches into the water. Push 6 inches of garden hose through the tubing up to the midpoint to create an open step in the flexible webbing. The webbing can be tied into a loop the correct length for the boat, the person, and the technique being used. Remember that much of your gear might be used to rescue someone else."
It is like a stepladder for kayaks that hangs around the cockpit. You could carry it behind your seat, and it just may save someone's life in the cold ocean waters of the Cape.
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