Has anyone rigged their kayak with the ability to attach a paddle behind the cockpit to make an outrigger? The paddle would have an inflatable float at the other end just like the usual paddle float rescue technique.
Slipping a paddle blade under shock cords does not work.
Using a quick release buckle does not work.
Any creative folks out there who have thought about this?
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Posted by: nickjc on May-22-13 3:56 PM (EST)
I believe she used two floats and a paddle so she could sleep on her multiday crossing of the Gulf in N Australia. I can't remember how she attached it.
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Posted by: slushpaddler on May-22-13 4:58 PM (EST)
Gulf of Carpentaria. Sharks and big water, and crocs waiting on the shore.
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Posted by: ezwater on May-22-13 6:55 PM (EST)
paddle float and re-entry routine.
Posted by: Celia on May-22-13 7:22 PM (EST)
I am unclear what this question has to do with executing a paddle float self-rescue. It just referred to how to place the paddle float. Or am I missing something?
Posted by: carldelo on May-23-13 11:08 AM (EST)
Five or so years ago there was a thermoformed boat marketed with a molded slot behind the cockpit to hold a paddle as you say. It also accepted a modular outrigger and float design - can't remember the name of the company though.
Posted by: Waterbird on May-23-13 9:59 PM (EST)
Delta kayaks have a slot behind the kayak with two solid straps (not bungees) to hold a paddle.
Posted by: carldelo on May-23-13 11:48 PM (EST)
Good call - I think that's the one, although I'm remembering a whole outrigger system - maybe I'm mixing up Delta with Easy Rider kayaks, according to the spouse I may be prone to conflation...
Paddle as outrigger|
Posted by: jerrysmith on May-23-13 9:06 PM (EST)
Extending a bare paddle under straps doesn't do much for buoyancy. Even the wood GL paddle doesn't help much as far a buoyancy. However, the extended paddle does a great job of damping (slowing) the roll. Used when entering or exiting the kayak, it works great. It slows the rolling action enough to allow you to compensate with your balance.
VKV Kayaks (Sweden) have this setup....|
Posted by: Bob_d on May-24-13 1:09 AM (EST)
So does Seabird|
Posted by: magooch on May-24-13 9:30 AM (EST)