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Picked up a pair of the Werner Skagit for myself and the girlfriend along with some PFD's from our local shop. I think we will be happy with these paddles as our first ones. We will be hitting a local beach for our first few times to pick up basic skills staying within swimming distance to the shore.
Other than a bilge pump and a Pelican box what else should I be looking for when we go out for our first trip? Maybe something I've not been told or thought of yet?
We have two new Perception Expression 14.5's.
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Posted by: fatelmo on Apr-02-13 11:14 AM (EST)
like a whistle attached ta yer brandy-new lifevests.
Posted by: trvlrerik on Apr-02-13 11:40 AM (EST)
Until you figure out what you like to do I would not get much IMO. Whistles, paddle leashes, possibly a sponge for each boat for keeping sand, mud and water in the cockpit under control. Some short painter ropes can be handy to have tired onto the boat for towing or self rescues.
Posted by: magooch on Apr-02-13 12:08 PM (EST)
What's a pelican box?
It's where you keep your pelican.|
Posted by: guideboatguy on Apr-02-13 8:00 PM (EST)
You mean you don't use one?
Oh come on GBG! Be nice. :)|
Posted by: shirlann on Apr-06-13 7:21 PM (EST)
Thanks for the chuckle.
some more stuff|
Posted by: Peter-CA on Apr-02-13 12:08 PM (EST)
Most single touring-style kayaks require some learning and kit to do self-rescues on. The basic tool that most start with is a paddle float and a way to drain the boat (usually a bilge pump). You can try to learn this on your own by watching youtube videos (search on "paddle float rescue"), but classes could speed up the process.
Posted by: nickjc on Apr-02-13 12:16 PM (EST)
Consider what water temp you're paddling in. Depending on where you are this time of year the water can be shockingly cold. Dress for the water temp and plan to get wet.
COLD right now|
Posted by: dc9mm on Apr-02-13 12:24 PM (EST)
Are you waiting till it warms up? Right now water temp of Lake Michigan is around 34F even if going in a small lake it would be COLD.If so a wetsuit is bare minimum.
Waiting On The Weather!|
Posted by: BEEAH on Apr-02-13 12:56 PM (EST)
pump vs sponge|
Posted by: willowleaf on Apr-02-13 1:19 PM (EST)
paddle foat is a no-brainer|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Apr-02-13 1:21 PM (EST)
You can make one with styrofoam and duct tape if you can't spring for one - but even then they're pretty cheap.
I think you forgot one thing|
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-02-13 8:15 PM (EST)
Once you get out and find out first hand how much there is to learn (in a safe place, you are smart enough to know NOW is NOT the time)
Flat water, rescues|
Posted by: Celia on Apr-03-13 9:27 AM (EST)
You don't think that Lake Michigan is flat water - right?
Posted by: BEEAH on Apr-03-13 11:21 AM (EST)
We are just a few minutes from Lake Erie. I grew up on the lakes so I am fimillar with the temp's and roughness of the water. We will not be jumping right in to open water stuff. There are hundreds of canals and rivers in our area that will keep us busy increasing our skills.
Skirts not optional or for later|
Posted by: Celia on Apr-03-13 1:26 PM (EST)
CONSIDER TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS, TOO...|
Posted by: scupperfrank on Apr-03-13 12:08 PM (EST)
Getting there sometimes is half the fun -but without a decent boat transportation setup it won't ever even come close.
Posted by: BEEAH on Apr-03-13 12:51 PM (EST)
Right now I think I am all set with transportation, at least locally. I already own a 7x14 enclosed trailer that the yaks fit in(tested this). This will allow for easy local transport. With my truck I only get about 9mpg with the trailer but there are almost endless places to drop in within 15 minutes of my house. When we start going farther out I will look at some pickup truck options. My brother has a setup that he used for his flat bottom boat that I think I'll be able to use.
Posted by: nickjc on Apr-03-13 1:34 PM (EST)
A class will make a world of difference in your basic skills, safety and enjoyment of the sport.
Second the dry bag for clothes|
Posted by: mjamja on Apr-03-13 1:52 PM (EST)
You might want to include some kind of a wind-breaker with the clothes as well since even a light wind can have a chilling effect if you are slightly damp.
Dry bag of spare dry clothes for each|
Posted by: Celia on Apr-03-13 1:29 PM (EST)
One nice spring windy day and being wet - it doesn't take particularly cold water to get chilled.
100 lb girlfriend...|
Posted by: Celia on Apr-03-13 1:36 PM (EST)
Posted by: BEEAH on Apr-04-13 8:38 AM (EST)
OK - I stand corrected|
Posted by: Celia on Apr-04-13 9:05 AM (EST)
I have seen a lot of couples buy matching boats and it not working out due to fit. The woman has less fun because of boat fit, and eventually we don't see her on evening paddles any more.
Forget the paddle leash,|
Posted by: Loneoar on Apr-07-13 10:14 AM (EST)
Just use your head and don't paddle in conditions which are over your head,....for now. Paddle shoes without laces are nice, and I found out the hard way an old pair of joggers are good to have if you have a long walk back to the car. Dry bag for the phone and nose plugs are handy when you practice rescues, and a knife for cutting fishing lines out of trees alone the shore. The only thing on my deck is the Gatorade under the deck bungee.
Posted by: BEEAH on Apr-08-13 10:33 AM (EST)
I'll hold off on the leashes then, they just seemed like a good idea, and cheap.
More on sizing|
Posted by: Celia on Apr-08-13 11:24 AM (EST)
Posted by: BEEAH on Apr-08-13 3:20 PM (EST)
The high seat was even commented on by the people at Riverside Kayak Connection as being high for rescue reasons. They said take them out and learn all you can and we will see exactly why they are an issue for rescuing. They had the replacement seats at the store on hand if and when we wanted to change them.