-- Last Updated: Jun-29-13 7:05 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?
Answer: On water saturday around 11am out of water Monday by about 6pm.
Are you splitting food/water/cook stuff with someone else or are you each totally self sufficient?
Answer. Iam totaly 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.
Answer: Yes trying to put heaviest stuff in back hence the rear hatch has 19 pounds and day hatch has 8 pounds. Plus I will keep 1 liter bottle of water in day hatch and only 50 or 60 ounces in deck bag.
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)
Answer: no compass but also no metal up front.
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.
Answer: Could put up a little less water in deck bag say two bottle at 20 ounce each BUT a galolon is 128 ounces. So even at 60 ounces of water its about 4 pounds.
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.
Answer: Deck bag is a Seals Contoured Deck Bag which is not a big deck bag as I own a big one too. Here is picture I just grabbed off web. http://www.dc9mm.x10.mx/bag.jpg
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.
Answer: Yes I plan to try cowboy scramble and paddle float self rescue along with re-enter and roll and re-enter and roll with paddle float attached (my most bullet proof rescue). I use greenland paddles with storm paddle. Also will try some rolls. Iam pretty good at just sculling my way back up from upside down too. My spare storm paddle goes on front deck with deck bag in place. Also have built in electric Bilge pump I made and posted a thread here about it. Will have manual hand pump too. Also carry VHF and PLB, safety is number one with me.
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?
Answer: Well I really like the thermarest pad. Plus even if it does get wet I think it would dry off quickly. Plus iam using Outdoor Research Double Roll dry bag for Pad. Best drybag I have tested. Hold under water for 10 minutes water gets past first roll but non past second roll into main compartment, plus I have found if I put a little cloth in between first and second roll it holds water out even longer completly under water.Had it under water 1 whole hour in bathtub and only a few drops got into main compartment. Cant imagine it being exposed to more than that. If so I lost the kayak for sure and iam floating alone. I can take garden hose at spray heck out of it zero water gets in.
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