I am looking for a safety flag for my kayaks, but one that you don't have to drill holes in the kayak.
Prefer something with a suction cup.
Any ideas would be appreciated.
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Suction cup will not hold. Does your |
Posted by: ezwater on Jun-13-14 9:53 AM (EST)
boat lack carrying handles at the ends?
You can pick up some of the |
Posted by: randy_morgart on Jun-13-14 10:09 AM (EST)
fluorescent orange strap, it's always visible along side the road. You can double it and loop thru a deck line or stern handle. Check your state to see how many square inches are required. Maybe get artsy rig a Z-drag between boats, origami butterfly anyone?
Are you talking about for|
Posted by: pirateoverforty on Jun-13-14 10:14 AM (EST)
Hauling or while on the water?
flag for cartopping or paddling?|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Jun-13-14 10:16 AM (EST)
If cartopping, see the two posts above.
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Jun-13-14 1:10 PM (EST)
I wouldn't trust a vest for a minute|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jun-13-14 1:21 PM (EST)
except when the waves are less than three feet high or so.
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Jun-13-14 1:55 PM (EST)
We don't know anything about the reason for the flag, nor do we know anything about the conditions it'll be used in. I never get the impression from the south Florida paddling reports that big waves are the usual paddling conditions, but even if the OP is talking about waves high enough to hide him from view, I'd have at least as much faith in seeing momentary glimpses of a high-visibility vest at the tops of waves as longer views of one of those little go-kart flags. I'd have never spotted the roadside worker a mile ahead of me if he'd had a go-kart flag on a pole, but the vest was instantly visible even at such a long distance, even though I wasn't even looking that far. Up close, the instantly-visible nature of the vest would have been magnified, not lessened, though at a much closer distance, a flag would be visible. And as far as people running over lobster buoys, wouldn't that be an argument that no method of making yourself seen - flag, vest, bright paddles - is even worth the trouble? While nothing will make you visible to someone who simply isn't looking, I don't think that's a reason to shoot down the whole idea of trying to be seen by those who ARE looking.
I am not shooting down the idea|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jun-13-14 2:14 PM (EST)
of trying to make onself visible but pointing out that the solution that one person may have is not what might be best for all. That's the problem with anectdotes. They have to be put in context.
Fair enough, but...|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Jun-13-14 2:26 PM (EST)
.... the thing that occurred to me right away, which I didn't mention before, is that I don't think a person who's paddling in such severe conditions would consider putting a tall flag pole on his kayak. How would a person roll with that thing dragging in the water? Stick a fishing pole deep into the water and try to swish it in an arc and see how difficult that is. Just imagine how much greater the resistance would be with one of those flag poles (which are quite a bit thicker), and with the addition of that small flag attached to the end. That's why my first impression is that he's not talking about rough water, but like I said before, we really don't know.
I know this sounds silly but|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Jun-13-14 2:53 PM (EST)
...I always wondered about carrying a large umbrella on deck. One could open and raise it pretty quickly.
Could make a passable sail too!|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Jun-13-14 3:07 PM (EST)
This is the one|
Posted by: shiraz627 on Jun-13-14 7:03 PM (EST)