Posted by: Mattt on Nov-14-12 1:36 PM (EST)
Rocky Mountain Canoe Club - many group trips during the year (first 2013 trip would be in March on the S Platte)- solves the shuttle problem nicely.
CII out here is likely a bit different than CII back east, or no one would ask if you really need D-rings for lashing. Of the likely hundred or so people I've paddled with here, all but a small handfull have thier boats outfitted with floatation - typically, if you don't and you pin your boat, that becomes your problem - the floatation bags help a lot to reduce the possibility of pinning, and will allow a loose boat to float much higher and drier, making recovery by you or someone else a whole lot easier. Rigging the boat well at the start, you won't be held back later if you want to do harder stuff - lots of the trips here are mostly CI/CII but with maybe III added in.
All of the "how to" suggestions above are apt - take em and run.
you will likely start doing overnight/3 day trips, and having several "sets" of D-ring tie downs is a big help for lashing in gear - you typically need more for the gear than for just a center float bag. Most people on camping trips use thier gear (in dry bags) as floatation - maybe with a floatation bag over that if there is room.
consider how you are going to set up your bag cages. If you will be solo paddling, from the bow seat/boat reversed, you'd want a bow bag as well as center bag - for tandem, you'd what two shorter end bags and a center bag.
p.s. - some of the lakes have rangers patrolling and checking for required safety eq and other stuff. You are required to have your name and phone # written on the inside of the boat; over 16', you are required to have a type IV throwable cushion; need to carry a whistle - stuff like that.
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