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Neptune4 Offline
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Posted: May 20 2005,20:13

Who uses a kayak leash offshore? Where do you fasten it?
What are your thoughts pro or con? Yes, I always use one and have not yet polled anyone else. BIG discussion on Pnet about this. Let's hear your views. ???
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Posted: May 21 2005,05:16

Neptune...are you talking about a paddle leash...or a leash that is attached to you and the kayak?
If i was going to paddle offshore I would have both. If for any reason you decide to dump and your in any kind of current or sloppy water your boat can get away from you quick.
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Posted: May 21 2005,06:16

Mik-paddle leash only. Leash is fastened to the yak forward. When I dump-one hand, at least, is on the paddle. I don't like paddle clips-they won't hold in slop, anyhow. :p
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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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Posted: May 21 2005,09:13

Willie is right.
I always leash the paddle, and in fast water or off shore I teather myself to the yak ala surf board


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Posted: May 21 2005,12:09

I USUALLY LEASH SALLY & MYSELF SOT, SEMI-SKI,  OR SINK

And that's in addition to when I'm carrying a 2nd paddle on the SINK.  Possibly the department of redundency department (but while I do wear braces (at work), I do NOT wear a belt -veddy bad form, chaps).  The only trouble I've ever had with one was entering the SINK -from shore!  Getting it in front so I didn't sit on it or have to helicopter it and the paddle overhead and bow-ward into the correct orientation.  But it wasn't a bother during paddle float reentry practice...!

I've dumped with & without, and I guess I just like the security of knowing that if I let go (which I haven't in the dumps) it'll still be there.

It gives you something with which to -indeed continue to -

(Capn's Note:  I heard it was Sally who had Frank on a leash, and also a blindfold, while she continued to....)


Edited by Capn Jimbo on May 21 2005,17:42

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Posted: May 21 2005,15:50

I also like the spare paddle. Had a canoe paddle as a spare on the SIK, and SeaDart. Found it useful for some fine tuning when playing a fish on the flats. I will have to see if this will work on the Skua. Somewhere, one of the marathon paddlers said he liked to switch to the canoe spare to rest some paddle muscles. He deployed the rudder, or skeg, paddled on one side for a while, then switched. Said it helped prevent cramping and sore muscles.  :)
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Posted: May 21 2005,16:17

I like the paddle leash more for fishing. It's not a big stretch to imagine getting a decent size fish on the line, especially while trolling, and having the paddle fall off into the water. I haven't been lucky enough to have such a misfortune yet. I don't like the idea of leashing myself to the yak- tangle factor and all that.

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Posted: May 25 2005,04:56

AW, C'MON JIM -YOU KNOW WE NEVER CONFUSE 'PADDLING' WITH "PADDLING"

While we, LOL!!! -  :laugh:

[I](Capn's Note:  Does he protesteth too much?  Is it paddlin or paddlin that has kept this lovely couple together for 25 years?)


Edited by Capn Jimbo on May 25 2005,08:09

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