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||Posted: May 21 2005,06:39
Neptune, great subject. I checked out the pnet stuff I could find and the essence seems to be:
1. Some like the freedom of no leash, claim they paddle in tough conditions, have never lost a paddle, etc.
2. Some claim that a leash is an invitation to entanglement and possible death.
3. A few refer to the short wrist leash (which avoids entanglement), yet which require you hold on to boat as well (with a regular leash you need only hold onto one).
4. Some recommend simply carrying a spare paddle (this is a great idea, regardless), thus reducing the need for a leash
5. Some distinguish SOT's as appropriate vs. SIK's which have the additional problem of exiting the yak.
6. Some in big surf insist on a breakaway leash, based on entanglement in BAD conditions
7. Last there is some disagreement bout the actual risk and/or reported deaths.
My take: I do use a leash, especially cause I don't carry a spare paddle. Have dumped a few times, no entanglement. I do like the idea of a breakaway. When I've really thought about it, carrying a spare paddle is a great idea as insurance against both loss, failure or breakage.
Kayak Willie says that on his long, lonely excursions in the Gulfstream he lashed everything, including himself as his greatest fear was having the yak blow away and having to swim miles to shore.
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