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  Posted by: dc9mm on Jun-29-13 11:53 PM (EST)

-- Last Updated: Jun-29-13 11:56 PM EST --

Rethinking about water. Maybe just keep it all in day hatch except one 20 ounce bottle in deck bag.

Oh I do have a GPS loaded with both topo Canada and Bluecharts. Me with a compass and a map wont do well. Plus those charts are pricey and group leader has them. Sure GPS can fail and if I was alone I would have two GPS's for that very reason.

Reason Iam having trouble is darn sleeping bag I have is too big. NDK kayaks have the darn small hatch openings so I cant fold the bag over once and roll as it wont go through hatch so I left it unfolded and rolled so its long and less wide but still about 6 inchs and about 30 inchs long. Its taking up alot of space in front hatch. Plus its double dry bagged.(dont want wet sleeping bag). I think I will have to buy a new smaller sleeping bag. BUT this means I would put Thermrest Pad up front rather than on back deck which might be more of a problem than keeping it on back deck. Rear hatch has tent and food, stove and cookware some clothes. Rear hatch has skeg in there which sucks up rear hatch space too. Its a pretty low rear deck. As example I can get more into rear hatch of my 14 foot Wilderness Systems tsunami 140. But way more space up front on NDK.

Maybe I can get the Thermarest pad and food and tent in back but not so sure. I will try that this Sunday. I have food all in one bag so if I split it up and just leave freeze dried stuff (Mountain House) in no bag since its in a sealed pouch anyway and slide it past skeg box then I think it would work. I have food inside a Ursack Bear bag which makes it easy to grab and have all my food in one bag ready for campsite. The food is mostly freeze dried which I guess I can just remove from bear bag and just slide that way into back of kayak past skeg . Keep the peanuts and cliff bars still in bear bag but that will make it much smaller. Just as side note bear bag has Opsak odor proof bag inside that plus I used a small Opsak to hold the peanuts I have, there no shells just roasted planters. lots of energy and I like peanuts. Cliff bars are mainly in case we get stuck on Island for extra day or two because of heavy winds which from the trip blogs I have read does happen.

Thanks for the advice I will do my best to get it all inside BUT for sure a new sleeping bag would be required.

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