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Old 04-04-2007, 07:10 PM
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safety items

Thought there was a thread here a while back but was not able to find it. Just bought a native watercraft ultimate for inshore/estuary use and am trying to get together the basic safety items I need. This is no open ocean craft but still want to make sure I have the basics. So far I have:

- signal mirror
- whistle
- compass
- gps
- pfd
- Hydrostar Light system

What else should I have onboard at all times?

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Old 04-04-2007, 08:24 PM
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A little first aid kit in a watertight case and a watertight case for the cell phone would be on my list. Some matches in a sealed bag.

I am allergic to bee stings and the epi pen comes with me whenever I am far from the glove compartment.

A length of rope wouldn't hurt either in case you need to tie to a bouy to pull a hook out of your ear or tame a 40# cow. A knife in case the cow is towing you too fast into a freighter.

Other than that water, but that's a given.

sounds like a nice rig - ill have to check yours out this season
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Old 04-04-2007, 08:41 PM
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radar reflector

I'd add a foldable radar reflector: folds into a 3 oz, 10 in. disc, but could be put on the bottom half of a fly rod to give you a .5 to 1.5 mile detectability range. (For those rare times when the fog doesn't co-operate with the forecast.)
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Old 04-04-2007, 08:44 PM
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A spare paddle, I put a little 2' wooden paddle I got for one of the kids in the back of the yak. Pump or at least a gallon milk jug cut to make a bailer. I'm not familiar with the hydrostar system but being visible to boats is a must whether it's waving your paddle during the day or hitting them with a white light at night you need to make sure they see you. Not a safety item but I've always used one of those synthetic chamois when canoeing and kayaking works great for keeping the bottom puddle free.
Keep the knife, whistle and light on your person not just somewhere in the boat.
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Old 04-04-2007, 10:15 PM
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if it is not a SOT, I would carry a bilge pump, a sponge and a float (to get back in). A sling made of webbing is also helpful for getting back in in deep water.
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Old 04-05-2007, 08:21 AM
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A couple of flares is also a good idea. A signal mirror doesn't work so well on cloudy days, nor is it the unmistakable sign of distress that a flare is.
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Old 04-05-2007, 08:43 AM
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Sean have you water-tested the new vessel yet? I would be interested to hear how you like it. I have been looking at the native boats for dual-duty: trout ponds in early spring and paddling around estuaries and to and from sandbars.

I am wondering if the stability is all it is cracked up to be - they seem to have sort of a modified catamaran design.

Would love to hear your comments.

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