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Q&A What can I do to be more visible to other ship's radar when traveling in a sea kayak?

I've seen small radar reflectors for sale. Should I carry one when kayaking? What else can I do such that boats can use their radar to be aware of my location when they can't see me due to poor v...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by mmcc‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A How do I protect necessary glasses while kayaking or rafting?

My team at work has occasional outings and one of the activities we've talked about for the future is kayaking or whitewater rafting. I've never done either and am also dependent on expensive pres...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Q&A If you are kayaking on a lake when whitecaps start happening, what is the best direction to get off the lake?

I am stealing Charlie Brumbaugh's question about canoeing on an open lake, because for kayaking you would get different anwers, and it's important to distinguish those. If you are kayaking on a...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Keeping your butt dry in a kayak

I have started looking at sit on top kayaks. Several have looked promising. Though I just realized, in most of them the lowest point in the boat is where your butt goes. I normally travel in a cano...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are longer kayaks faster than shorter ones?

I've been researching which kayak I'd like to buy, and I keep coming across the notion that longer kayaks are faster than shorter ones. I can understand that shorter kayaks have a greater tendency ...

7 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Jonathan Landrum‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Comparing and combining paddles and pedals for sit-on-top kayak speed and endurance

Sit-on-top kayaks are a popular alternative to traditional sit-inside kayaks. One advantage is that they sometimes come with a foot pedals for propulsion. The foot pedals are linked, via gears, eit...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Martin F‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it likely to be my technique or my muscles that cause my arms and shoulders to ache so soon after I start kayaking?

I've never had a stamina or ache problem with rowing a row-boat or paddling a canoe, although my limits have declined with age. However, my arms and shoulders tired very quickly the few times I tr...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can I use a Canoe Paddle with a Kayak?

I am thinking about getting a Kayak, I am very comfortable paddling my canoe with a single paddle. My motivation is that I can canoe silently with a single canoe paddle that does not need to bre...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Will a laser pointer work for pointing at whitewater?

I have been doing whitewater kayaking for some time now, and still have a great deal to learn. For difficult places, it is normal for me to stand outside and talk about which lines are good and whi...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by rumtscho‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What&#x2019;s the best thing to wear on your hands when sea kayaking in very cold weather?

What product or combination of products best protects your hands while kayaking in winter? I’m interested in a system which provides comfort for extended paddling but also the peripheral activitie...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by mmcc‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Which buoys and markers should I look out for when kayaking (or other water-recreational sports)?

I live near the ocean (South Shore MA) and am new to kayaking. So far, I've paddled in streams and rivers that connect to that ocean. My last kayaking adventure involved me being oblivious to boate...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by VitaminYes‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why are we moving in circles with a tandem kayak?

We just bought a tandem kayak, we took it to the water and we can’t make it go straight. My husband is bigger than me so he sits on the back. We rented kayaks before, so we are wondering if it cou...

8 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Sandra‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there a kayak / paddleboard for large people?

I am a very large man - I am 6'4" and weigh 450 pounds (I've lost a 100 pounds in the last year). I bike or walk everyday, (and swim laps occasionally) but want to add another sport to my exercise...

5 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by MDV2000‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Cargo capacity of a kayak

I've been paddling three times (one week each) in rental (Canadian) canoes. My girlfriend and me brought all gear and food with us and there still was plenty of room for our dog in the boat. I kno...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Jasper‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do you repair a plastic kayak?

So roughly a month ago my other half and I brought ourselves each a SOT plastic kayak, we've been out on the water for maybe 2 hours total paddling time, but mine filled up with water. We found a ...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Aravona‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I make and test a radar-reflecting hat?

At significant risk of tin foil hat jokes, I’ve read compelling evidence that a homemade hat incorporating angled and crumpled aluminum foil may slightly increase a kayaker’s visibility on radar — ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by mmcc‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What safety equipment should I carry for sea-touring by kayak?

What equipment should I carry in case of emergency on a coastal kayaking trip? I normally do short trips (1 week or less) around the islands of northwest Scotland. I tend to travel solo (sometimes...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Toby Speight‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What equipment do I need for overnight water trail in a kayak?

My wife and I are avid inland, freshwater kayakers - both on calm lakes and up/down rivers and streams. We have only done day trips. We are also moderately experienced backcountry campers. Now w...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by nexus_2006‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Choosing a kayak for a 5'9" 300lb man

I'm looking to get myself a kayak, but weight limits are an issue for me. I like the ascend kayaks from Cabala's because of the high back seats. I'm undecided if i want to get a 10' hybrid kayak or...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Corey‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it legal to launch a kayak from a public beach in Chicago?

I live in Chicago and would like to get a foldable kayak. As far as I can tell the only thing I need to do to be able to use it in Lake Michigan is get a watercraft registration. Once I have that ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by qfwfq‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Restoring a deformed kayak hull

I have a Venture Kayak Easty 15 and it has developed a flat spot on the bottom center just below the foot rests. What is the best method to return the bottom of this kayak back to its original conv...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to detect significant sun damage in a plastic molded kayak?

Molded kayaks are usually made of polyethylene, an otherwise extremely durable material which can be damaged by the sun. The used market is full of kayaks manufactured ten or twenty years ago whic...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by mmcc‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to make my kayak Eskimo roll reliable in rough water?

How do I develop my kayak “Eskimo roll” from something I can do most of the time in a calm lake or pool to something I can trust to work close to 100% of the time in real sea or river conditions?

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by mmcc‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Kayak for fishing and low class rapids?

I am in the market for a kayak and am wondering what type of kayak or what features I should look at given my requirements. Here's the details you'll probably need to help me out: I'm 6'1" and 21...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Dave‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What types of kayaks are suitable for occasional class 1 and 2 rapids

According to the scale on this Wikipedia page (the International Scale of River Difficulty), what are the types of kayaks in the following list that are suitable to occasionally handle class 1 and ...

4 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Gilles‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can I use one helmet for both kayaking and skiing?

I am doing little kayaking and just a bit more skiing (the seasons for both are very short where I live). Both of these need helmets, but I feel reluctant to buy 2 items, each of which will see lit...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by anatolyg‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to lock a kayak

In my garage, and when it is parked around town, I lock my bike to a rack via a U-lock or at least a cable lock. How should I similarly secure my kayak? I realize that a determined thief can break ...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Martin F‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How common are tandem kayaks?

A recent comment said: For kayak I’d say “usually 1-2 person” as tandem kayaks are very common. 3 person kayaks are rare but not unheard of, example Pamlico 160T has a third mini-seat for a chi...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the difference between a Canoe and a Kayak?

Canoes and Kayaks have a lot in common, and for the most part I can look and say that is a Canoe and that is a Kayak. But I have been seeing some vessels that blur the line between them. It seems...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are the trade offs between kayak and canoe for solo multiday trips?

I would like to be able do trips with the following characateristics one day: Solo. May do in combination with other paddlers, but my primary interest is getting out there on my own. Multi-day t...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Censored to protect the guilty‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Neoprene as a base layer for winter activities?

How does neoprene perform as a base layer for winter sports? Is it a way to be warm while remaining sweaty, as opposed to wicking sweat away? What are its disadvantages? What are best practices ...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by mmcc‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does a hands-free kayak bilge pump exist that is as speedy and reliable as a hand pump?

Does anyone have any experience they can share with actual use of a hands-free kayak bilge pump? I’m curious about foot-operated/electric/other, purchased or custom built, anything that lets me ke...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by mmcc‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are the options for kayak self-rescue without a paddle float?

In a standard kayaking class, you're taught solo self-rescues using a paddle float and assisted rescues using another kayak. Then there are eskimo rolls. But I've also heard about other self-rescue...

4 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by jrdioko‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Training for Kayaking out of season

Kayaking is a lot of upper body and core strength, with an amount of lifting as well. Outside of the good weather kayaking season - winter months for Sit on Tops for example - what are good ways to...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Aravona‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A "Unsinkable" sit-on-top kayaks

Several plastic sit-on-top kayaks are being marketed as "unsinkable" and "sea-worthy". However, I read that few people had to beach when the did not close the front hatch properly. My question is:...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by josep78‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Purchasing a sit-on-top kayak

Sun Dolphin manufactures one or two 10' sit-on-top kayaks for under $350.00. I know they would be suitable for a day of recreational paddling on a calm lake or river. But could they reasonably be u...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Douglas Spaulding‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How does one steer a two-person kayak?

My wife and I recently bought an inflatable, tandem kayak. I grew up canoeing and we've had many enjoyable outings on the water together, so I thought two-person kayaking would be relatively easy....

5 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Jon Ericson‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to fish from a kayak?

As a present I was recently given a Pelican Odyssey 100X. Before getting that I had fished using a neighbor's regular kayak. Is fishing from the shore the same as fishing off of a kayak, and is k...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by A T‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Kayaking in the UK

My husband and I are both avid walkers / hikers but for a long time have been wanting to get into kayaking. Both of us have kayaked in the past. Separately we did it on school trips - many years ag...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Aravona‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Plastic or fiberglass for a kayak?

I'm an intermediate level kayaker but have only paddled plastic boats. I'm looking for a kayak to do multi-day trips in on the ocean. What are the differences between plastic and fiberglass?

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Ross‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to fix a leak in a fibreglass kayak?

I have got an old kayak from a friend of mine who no longer needs it. As he told me, there are 3 leaks in that Kayak, one of them is very visible being a coin-sized hole (:D). The others are pretty...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I take my dog kayaking?

I wonder if there are any dog crazy people like me out there who have ever tried to take their dogs kayaking or floating down the river. Has anyone seen anything created for dog-friendly kayak exc...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Sasha Nicole‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do choices in design of a paddle-craft influence its handling characteristics?

If you imagine cutting a canoe or kayak along each axial plane, you get three shapes. If you cut along the waterline and look down from above, you get the plan. Cut thwart-wise at the widest poi...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by cobaltduck‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What factors should I be aware of when storing a kayak?

I've seen various images / comments online of how people decide to store their kayaks. Some people wall mount them, some have a rack, some stack them with padding, some hang them (horizontally / v...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Aravona‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Which type of car rack will transport a tandem kayak on a car with no side rails?

My wife and I are beginner kayakers. We are planning to buy a tandem kayak and go to a nearby reservoir and take our 2 year old along. I've just started looking at car racks and realized that it ...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Omnipresent‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to dry paddling gloves

I currently use MEC Humboldt paddling gloves for cycling in warm/cool - windy/wet weather as they offer better protection than my thin runnning gloves and are not as hot as my winter gloves. My is...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by AM_Hawk‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What's a realistic distance to expect boys aged 11-17 to sea kayak in a single day?

I'm thinking about taking my Scout troop (boys aged 11-17) on a sea kayaking trip. What expectations should I have for the distance that we can travel in one day? Assume good weather (clear skies...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Mark‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the best way to transport a kayak?

I am planning on purchasing a kayak for next year, and am trying to strategize on how to transport my boat. I have a small 4 door car no rack and my wife has a slightly larger 4 door crossover styl...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by hernan43‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Most accurate way to judge distances traveled in a kayak?

I like to make maps in my kayak, so I need to know how far away I was from the last point, so the only way I know of is dead reckoning, and being in kayak its not that accurate. So my question is:...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by that guy‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Kayakers throwing their paddles when running waterfalls

I was watching a YouTube video featuring clips from award winning kayaking films. One thing I immediately noticed was multiple instances of kayakers running waterfalls who seem to be intentionally...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Erik‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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