Posted by: RavenWing on Jun-29-13 6:04 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Jun-29-13 6:13 PM EST --
I can see you're going about this very methodically & commend you for that.
Pardon the length. Your description spurred some questions.
How long are you going to be out?
Are you splitting food/water/cook stuff with someone else or are you each totally self sufficient?
Re weight distribution or trim: without knowing the total of everything going in each bulkhead it's hard to comment specifically.
You are shooting for the heaviest gear to be just behind the cockpit.
If you have a compass you want no interference from things packed up front that contain magnet attracting metals (stainless steel and brass are OK)
As for the water: 60 oz of water is very nearly a gallon, and a gallon of water weighs 8 lbs. Factor that into the total lbs up front.
Not a big fan of deck bags. They create more wind resistance & more work for you. I respect your preferences - just something to think about.
While you're test paddling flip the boat over and try a solo rescue (whichever ones you favor) Make sure the thermorest on the rear deck doesn't impede that. Make sure you can flip the loaded boat over or at least on its side while you float in the water to simulate a deep water rescue.
Since you have a roll try to roll the boat fully loaded. It'll feel different. It'll likely come around much more slowly.
If you have a friend to help - capsize and try a T rescue, see if your friend can pull your loaded boat up on theirs (near the cockpit of friend's boat) and empty it, then proceed to do the rest of the rescue. It can be challenging. The time to find out how challenging is now.
As a member of a tripping group (or someone paddling solo) I like to keep the aft deck absolutely clear - easier for me if I'm vaulting up, and also easier if we have a swimmer and they need to clamber onto the aft deck to get them away from trouble while we work out how to get them back in their boat.
Imo you really want the thermorest pad inside the kayak for another reason - do you really want to bring a wet (even soaking wet depending on waves) sleeping pad into your tent underneath your sleeping bag?There are alternative pads out there that compress down to the size of a Nalgene bottle (Big Agnes makes one). If you really love and must have the T'rest pad with you, you likely will have to give up some thing(s).
If you have a thermorest pad on the aft deck, and a deck bag on the foredeck, where is your spare paddle going? Have you worked that in as well?
Incredibly beautiful area to camp and paddle in. A memorable first trip awaits you.
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