Some Kayaking Essentials
|As we enter the new season we are going to take a look at kayaking safety and some products that may fall into the category of kayaking essentials.
Backpackers and hikers are quite familiar with the '10 Essentials', that were first introduced in the 1930s by 'The Mountaineers', a Seattle based organization of climbers and outdoor adventurers.
Here are some essentials for safe kayaking, whether it be an afternoon paddle, a day trip or an overnighter. Not all these essentials will apply to all types of trips but they are still worth mentioning.
- Dress for the water temperature not the air temperature.
- Carry a signaling device - whistle, flares, cell phone and/or a marine hand held radio with emergency Channel 16.
- A compass.
- Obtain local information on tides, weather and water temperature.
- Sun protection, sunglasses and sunscreen and a hat.
- If you are going to be out after dusk, a USCG approved running light. Remember you are low in the water and need to be visible to other craft.
- A repair kit with appropriate materials for your specific kayak.
- Dry storage.
- Added flotation.
- A USCG approved life vest.
- A tow line and easily accessible knife.
- A spare paddle.
- Preferably paddle with a buddy.
|Here are some products that may not necessarily fall into the 'essential' category but they will certainly improve your kayaking experience
These bags are the most useful and versatile bags you will own. Not only do they store your gear in a dry environment but they also double as a flotation bag for added safety - Pack your gear, roll over and secure the opening and inflate via the attached tube with 'twist to close' shut off valve.
These versatile bags used to be made 'off-shore' but are now manufactured here in the USA.
Priced at $85.00 for the large 2 bag set - one each for the bow and stern.
A 4-piece Paddle.
A spare paddle is always a good idea and the Aquabound carbon paddle is an excellent light weight choice, from a price and storage point of view.
Not necessarily an essential but, for the price, something that can help you stay afloat if you are caught by an unexpected wave without a spray cover.
It is not often we have used or over-stock items for sale.
Here are two items that may be of interest:
- An Expedition Spray Deck with spray skirts and cockpit covers at $296.00 incl. shipping within the 48 contiguous states.
- A NEW Hull for Klepper T9 - Kalahari Sand $985.00
We also have replacement hulls available for most of the current and older model Klepper kayaks including the Master and Passat. Please call for pricing.
Worth featuring again - very popular seller last season.
The big plus with the highly efficient fully battoned Kayaksailor sail is that you can paddle unrestricted and then deploy the sail when the wind comes up. Dropping the sail while under way is just as easy. With the (R) Tripoint adapter attaching the sail to your Klepper takes literally 2min 30 secs.
Shown here is the 1,6 sq. m sail with the just released jib sail.
Priced from $718.00 complete with the Tripoint adapter.