what is a good kayak color for slow rivers and creeks ( min motor boats) are bright colors usually for ocean or motor boat areas? i want to maximize wildlife encounters
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Animals have some color-blindness|
Posted by: Celia on Sep-19-12 6:19 PM (EST)
Before you decide that a bright color that would keep you safe from motor boats will discourage wildlife, check out the range of colors that the animals you will encounter can see. You may find that reflective tape on a paddle is more of an issue than a really bright boat.
if it's composite|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Sep-19-12 6:21 PM (EST)
get a white hull.
Posted by: ppine on Sep-19-12 6:46 PM (EST)
Yellow is the color that shows up best at sea and on the water in general. White is a good second choice. They show up if a boat get capsized and submerged. Imagine trying to find a dark green boat in a river.
Posted by: ppine on Sep-19-12 6:46 PM (EST)
No, I think red is more visible|
Posted by: davejjj on Sep-22-12 12:29 PM (EST)
I know this thread is all about non-visible colors, but in our tests red was the most visible color for spotting a kayak far out on the water. Yellow was 2nd best. White was a distant 3rd because it could not be picked out if there were whitecaps on the waves.
How about Robbin-egg blue|
Posted by: old_user on Sep-24-12 6:35 PM (EST)
The paddle is the most important|
Posted by: redmond on Sep-19-12 7:00 PM (EST)
A friend of mine and I did a test. A bunch of us went out paddling and he stood on the shore as we returned. He said that since the kayaks were so low in the water, their color didn't make a lot of difference. If he looked really close he could see the difference but it wasn't that obvious.
I have observed the same thing.|
Posted by: string on Sep-21-12 10:44 PM (EST)
paddles are moving and easily seen,esp. if not black.
agree with paddle maters more|
Posted by: mmarconi on Sep-20-12 10:28 PM (EST)
You can get camo drapery designed |
Posted by: ezwater on Sep-20-12 11:36 PM (EST)
for duck hunting. Would need to be cut down for a rec kayak. Or just tie dried grass and weeds on your decks.
When I go looking...|
Posted by: tjalmy on Sep-21-12 10:08 PM (EST)
for wildlife encounters, the key seems to be to be the first boat in the group, or going solo, paddling quietly. It's suprising the animal that gets you the view. I think sound and movement would trump color in priority.
Wildlife will see you no matter what|
Posted by: guideboatguy on Sep-21-12 10:36 PM (EST)
The reason |
Posted by: Bernie/cny on Sep-22-12 9:17 AM (EST)
many states require hunters to wear at least some orange clothing is it's the most visible.Before these laws came along many hunters wore red plaid for safety.While paddling or hunting to my eyes orange is the most visible followed by red.
Red disappears in low light.|
Posted by: string on Sep-25-12 1:19 PM (EST)
Posted by: rnsparky on Sep-22-12 9:20 AM (EST)
Electric Chicken |
Posted by: willi_h2o on Sep-22-12 1:13 PM (EST)
The “electric chicken” color combination puts
Posted by: RockyRaab on Sep-24-12 10:52 AM (EST)
If you REALLY want to approach wildlife (and have your hands free to boot) you should get a Hobie yak with Mirage Drive. I'm always amazed at how lots of normally wary critters simply don't alert on me as I approach -- unless I wave my hands. Mt Pro Angler is dune (light grey) color and is by no means low to the water, yet it seems as though I'm invisible, probably because the drive is silent and the only visible things moving are my legs.
One drawback of that boat|
Posted by: guideboatguy on Sep-24-12 11:19 AM (EST)
Those boats can't go where a lot of us view wildlife. Around here, that boat would work fine on deep water of lakes but not in the shallows due to weeds. And when traveling on rivers and sloughs, no matter how big they are, there will always be lots of places too shallow for that drive system, as well as submerged logs. Those are usually the same places where sneaking up on wildlife becomes an issue too.
Shallows and the Mirage Drive|
Posted by: RockyRaab on Sep-25-12 12:18 PM (EST)
It's true that you can't use a full pedal stroke in water less than about 18" deep, but you can "flutter" the fins while holding them horizontal and still manage about half speed in eight inches or so depths.
Posted by: old_user on Sep-24-12 9:55 PM (EST)
Sounds like the name of a new funky dance