Definitely need a sprayskirt ??? - which is why I paddled for a few years without one including a D'Urville Island trip, Abel Tasman numerous times, Pelorus Sounds a few times and Lyttelton very often.YakSolo_333 wrote:I wouldnt go out without a skirt, its just so wrong :
It keeps the cold water off your knees and if you have a wet boat, stops waves getting in in a short chop. Also keeps sunburn off your legs.
Otherwise nothing to hinder a wet exit without one and easy to bail the cockpit if water does drip in. And yes I had a dry design in those days. My present and previous kayak were wet boats. My partner's is the dry version.
Paddle float - 2 wine cask liners in a nylon bag with a divider for the paddle to slip into. Only problem is the wine casks need to be emptied first.....
How to build a high capacity bilge pump is on the KASK website. When people ask if they can try mine I tell them to out further than knee deep as using it will lower the tide. Then they come back and ask how to get the sand out as they picked up the bottom as well..... I don't use a collar for flotation, the flotation is a flow shaper inside the pump just above the outlet.