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Electric pump

Posted in Uncategorized on May 10, 2010 by R.J.

found this blog on westcoastpaddler on making electric pump, now, how do I make a portable electric pump so I can put into rental kayaks?

website: Gnarlydog News


Sea Kayaker: Deep Trouble by Matt Broze and George Gronseth

Posted in Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 by R.J.

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


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.

Packing a boat (part 1)

Posted in Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 by R.J.

So I went on my first kayak camping trip 2 weeks ago, it was great fun, As I’ve never packed a boat before, I bought a whole bunch of 30 L dry bags which I later figure out they were too big to be stuffed into a hatch.  I did managed to bring almost everything I prepared for (Except for my down jacket and my Butane Stove).  I have gone backpacking before where I carried minimal gear and eat freeze-dried food but I was told that in kayaking you can bring comfort food so I did.  Brought a few sandwiches, a few chunky soups, and home made veggie and beef so I can have a really good meal at camp.  On this trip, I learned that I have to get many small dry bags so it’s easier to stuff in the boat, pack the tent and ground sheet in 2 separate bags, get a compact sleeping bag for the summer, use reusable dry bags as opposed to garbage bags to be environmentally friendly, bring 3 Liters of water per day of camping, and more, I’ll write more when I think of it…

The Boat I used was the 16 feet 10 inches Current Design Gulfstream, which is a smaller boat than I was used to (I’m used to paddling the 18 feet 3 inches Atlantis Titan, which has a lot more space for packing).

Below are sketches in my log book of how I packed the boat.

one thing I forgot was definitely want to get a dry case for my cell phone and have it on my PFD, just in case I get separated from the boat, I can still call for help.