whats the best way to be seen in a kayak dureing the datime?
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Posted by: alan_gage on Jun-11-14 8:34 PM (EST)
Posted by: Peter-CA on Jun-11-14 8:44 PM (EST)
It does depend a bit about the conditions you are in, but in general to wear bright colors and have bright color blades on your paddle. But the color does vary based on your conditions - white stands out in some cases, but disappears in white caps. Even red can disappear in certain conditions.
Colors and a flashy paddle|
Posted by: Celia on Jun-11-14 9:01 PM (EST)
Also be heard|
Posted by: WaterBird on Jun-11-14 9:16 PM (EST)
If there are motor boats around. Boat horn.
Posted by: kayamedic on Jun-11-14 9:19 PM (EST)
bike flags and radar reflectors
Posted by: spiritboat on Jun-11-14 9:29 PM (EST)
Orange, Lemon, and Lime...In that order.
Posted by: jbernard on Jun-11-14 9:36 PM (EST)
Our eyes pick up movement best, then color contrast. The thing you can make the most visible movement with is your paddle. So, like others have said, get some color on your paddle blades and wave them up high if you need to get someone's attention.
Posted by: luvtokayak on Jun-11-14 11:15 PM (EST)
great advice this lake has so many deaths .that it is scary .i want to be scene easly http://www.11alive.com/story/news/local/2014/06/08/drowning-on-lake-lanier/10209993/
Those deaths have nothing to do with|
Posted by: LeeG on Jun-14-14 12:13 PM (EST)
Being seen in a kayak. If you are concerned with not being run over don't paddle where high speed boat traffic occurs. If you are paddling amongst high speed boat traffic, ie playing in traffic, get a florescent orange or yellow/green safety vest. Paddle blade movement is not sufficient.
Posted by: markk on Jun-12-14 1:42 AM (EST)
Be in a touron (tourist moran such as you must be)spot and be el nude.
Posted by: shiraz627 on Jun-12-14 9:42 AM (EST)
one of these.
Posted by: slushpaddler on Jun-12-14 12:19 PM (EST)
Posted by: angstrom on Jun-12-14 10:48 AM (EST)
Most reflective tape, including SOLAS tape, is retroreflectvive -- designed to reflect light back to the source. It is very effective if the observer is aligned with the light source, such as wearing a headlamp or driving a car with the headlights on. It is not very effective if the observer and the light source are separated.
Ditto on the tape|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Jun-12-14 11:23 AM (EST)
I've tried to point that out before. The material is intended to show up brightly to a person who's looking toward the object from behind his own set of headlights. Any kind of indirect lighting leaves the stuff looking dull - not obvious at all. Also, in those rare situations where the sun is behind the viewer at sunrise or sunset, it really shines. Otherwise, every truck trailer and railroad-crossing gate you see has lots of SOLAS tape, and even on sunny days there's no shine at all, no matter what your viewing orientation is. It will be equally "effective" at making your boat or paddles more visible.
Type of paint??|
Posted by: dc9mm on Jun-12-14 11:29 AM (EST)
What type of paint sticks best to Carbon Fiber?? I have a new paddling coming soon which is carbon Fiber and was wondering if certain types of paint stick better to carbon fiber? Something in a spray can would be best.
For short passes through high traffic,..|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Jun-12-14 11:33 AM (EST)
... I put a yellow construction vest over my PFD. I hardly ever resort to that method, but there are times when crossing the main channel of the Mississippi that it seems wise. Waiting for a break in traffic is still necessary of course, but it's still a scary channel to cross on a summer weekend.
Posted by: JayBabina on Jun-12-14 12:29 PM (EST)
Whenever I need to find a group of paddlers that I am hooking up with and they are at a distance, the one thing I can see is the flashing of white paddle blades. When, closer, yes, colored apparel and PFDs start to show up. But at a distance, I can see white blades flashing. Some use reflective tape on paddle blades too. A lot of paddlers are into carbon fiber black blades but the white ones show up at quite a distance especially in use.
Posted by: weed on Jun-12-14 4:11 PM (EST)
We have these hats for use in high traffic areas or on grassy rivers that have Airboats.
Posted by: nickjc on Jun-12-14 6:13 PM (EST)
Some sobering but great examples of what you would look like to a search plane.
great advice everyone|
Posted by: luvtokayak on Jun-12-14 7:00 PM (EST)
Some valid ideas, but|
Posted by: rjd9999 on Jun-14-14 10:51 AM (EST)
Posted by: Kudzu on Jun-14-14 11:21 AM (EST)
I keep a loud, day-glo orange ball cap in my day hatch for high traffic times. I think the most important and sensible thing I do is start my paddle very early in the morning. I'm usually finished by the time the drinkers start getting drunk. Off the water by 1:30 or 2:00 PM is good, I think.
I was able|
Posted by: rjd9999 on Jun-17-14 9:26 AM (EST)
to spot waldo in the red boat. The other boats were pretty indistinguishable from the whitecaps and I thought they might be boats.