Sea Kayaker: Deep Trouble by Matt Broze and George Gronseth

I’ve been reading this book over the last few days, the stories and lessons in there are so terrifying that if a beginner were reading this, he or she might never want to try kayaking.  It also gives some good tips on staying safe, but you never know what the sea can cook up for you, even for very experienced kayakers.  There are tons of safety equipment it mentions that I have never seen a kayaker carry but would potentially save your life.

page 81: Thermofloat coat

source: http://www.gear-up.com/cart_showproduct.php?pid=8788

it costs almost $500 Canadian

quote from the book:

“Richard was well prepared for the fourth line of defense, minimizing heat loss.  He was wearing a surplus exposure suit (like a drysuit, which seals at the neck, wrists, and ankles), lots of warm garments underneath, a parka, and insulated gloves, and he carried a Thermofloat coat.  The UVIC Thermofloat is insulated with closed-cell foam and includes a wetsuit-style crotch panel and a bright orange reflective hood; it was developed by hypothermia researchers at the University of Victoria.

[In 1977, Mustang partnered with the University of Victoria to develop and produce the Thermofloat Coat. Mustang wins a Design Canada Award for the Thermofloat. (Uvic Thermofloat 1).]

This jacket is very hard to put on in water especially when tons of waves are pounding at you.  So it’s best to practice putting it on in the water regularly.

EPIRB ACR 21 Class B

“121.5/243 MHZ. Manually activated version of Class A.  These devices have been phased out by the FCC and except for certain devices used as personal locator beacons, may no longer be used, marketed or sold in the U.S..” (Source)

a few year ago, Mountain Equipment sells ACR EPIRB but now MEC sell McMurdo Fastfind 210 PLB for almost half the price ($335)

from McMurdo’s description: is a powerful 406 distress beacon, has built-in integral 50-channel GPS for additional pinpoint location, further speeding up time of location.  Its small size (weighs just 150g and measures D 1.34″ X L 4.17″.  belies its rugged construction and powerful output.

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