Tie yourself to your yak so you are not separated from it!

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Re: Tie yourself to your yak so you are not separated from i

Postby nobrandbali » Wed May 17, 2017 4:27 pm

fishing it has to be fun, if the weather turn shit stay at home(common sense, dont act like superhuman for the sake of facebook like) and also life and death is determine by how fast you swim to get to your kayak before its gone(practice make perfect, sure is) and if you do lost your kayak in the ocean, consider you having bad luck(take the consequence for acting superhuman) :lol:
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Postby OzCrow » Sun May 28, 2017 6:45 pm

This thread has helped me answer what I asked myself while setting up my Revo13 for off-shore use. I will use one always I think.
One of the common things i've seen is a quick release system that mostly is attached to a PFD and then anchored to the kayak? correct me if wrong..

I might try a divers weight belt- which have a large quick release buckle that is a very easy to use even in gloves. No weights needed I reckon.
I am not sure I would want to be tethered by my PFD rather by a secure waist belt that might keep the cord behind me or beside me around the mid section of my body to keep my arms and legs free hopefully.
maybe not shock cord. I can't see the advantages over the risks.
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Re: Tie yourself to your yak so you are not separated from i

Postby Salty Dog » Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:15 pm

This guy, (world champion surf ski paddler) recommends a leg leash out at sea calling it non-negotiable. He would paddle bigger seas but would also have better skills.

I'm not preaching. I have been slacker than I should have with safety even though I have done anything too wild but it's food for thought.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fM0mTJmK_yk&t=141s[/youtube]
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Re: Tie yourself to your yak so you are not separated from i

Postby arpie » Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:23 pm

Great Video link there, SaltyDog! Good find! If a World Champion can admit to nearly drowning ....... perhaps others 'in denial that they will ever get into trouble' may listen to HIM!! :roll:

Here is the link to the Leg Leash



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Re: Tie yourself to your yak so you are not separated from i

Postby yaqdoq » Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:35 pm

Quick bio ; I paddle offshore , a lot , all kinds of craft .

I have watched this topic for a while .
Regarding what jasper et al do on 9 kg ocean ski's in large wind driven ocean swell should not be taken into consideration with what we do as kayak fishermen !

By comparison , my streetcar does not require me to have an internal roll cage , helmet and fire retardant suit !
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Re: Tie yourself to your yak so you are not separated from i

Postby arpie » Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:02 pm

.....my streetcar does not require me to have an internal roll cage , helmet and fire retardant suit !.....

Yeah, but it doesn't blow away when it stops! :wink: And a fire extinguisher DOES come in handy now & then for those 'unexpected' events - even if it is to help someone else in trouble!

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Re: Tie yourself to your yak so you are not separated from i

Postby NorthSIKer » Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:57 pm

yaqdoq wrote:Regarding what jasper et al do on 9 kg ocean ski's in large wind driven ocean swell should not be taken into consideration with what we do as kayak fishermen !


I agree with the principle but not the conclusion.

Should conditions be big enough to turn you turtle they are also likely big enough to blow / drift a loaded kayak of 30kg away from you faster than you can swim in a PFD. A sit on top is probably worse than a sit in as you can be separated from the yak the second you go over.

I'm going the half way option. Not clipped in generally but I have a line ready on deck that is an easy clip if things pick up. It also serves as a tow line.
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Re: Tie yourself to your yak so you are not separated from i

Postby FishNhunter » Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:07 pm

I have always worked on the basis of "better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it" empty boats and kayaks generally seem to be located not so the occupant/s.

I would prefer win, lose or draw to be found so I go with the tether.
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