glad you are OK and thanks to Ive for coming to your assistance
Says who? Never met Ive, but have always pictured him as a combination of Hasselhoff and Zac Efron.Thankfully Ive was there for the assist/rescue, even if he isn't a Baywatch hottie . . .
An excellent point! All of my PFD's are equipped with whistles.Another thing to add to your pfd is a whistle. In navigable waters, one is required to have a ‘sound producing device’ like an air horn or a whistle aboard. For canoes and kayaks, a whistle is easier and on/in your pfd means it will be handy when you need it.
Not looking to derail this thread, but if your Sportspal is 33 lbs, I think it's the Canadian version made by Radisson (not the USA made Meyer one) with a single-sheet, thinner aluminum hull. They look very similar,as well as the shared name.Glad you are ok. My suggestion would be this:
I have had mine (14 ft double ender) almost 15 years. It is very stable (wide beam and sponsons), light (33 lbs), easy to manuver and handles an electric trolling motor with ease. It is also much cheaper than many of the "fishing" kayaks Plus it is so uncool to have a canoe vs a kayak today that I feel good about using it.
That is a cool knife. Got to get one. LOLThis knife was not cheap, but I love it. It lives on my PFD.
Spyderco Enuff Salt Fixed Blade Knife with 2.75" H-1 Stainless Steel Sheepfoot Blade and Premium Custom-Molded Boltaron Sheath - SpyderEdge - FB31SYL
If you are spending big bucks on a corrosion resistant knife, I understand that Spyderco has started making knives with LC200N steel. The knife geeks say LC200N is just as corrosion resistant as H1 steel (my knife is H1) but retains an edge much better. For a dedicated rescue knife, I don't think it matters, but just something to think about.That is a cool knife. Got to get one. LOL
When my buddy and I were planning on a trip to BC I bought some additional safety gear from NRS, one of the items was their Pilot Knife. Has a blunt end; has the advantage of not self stabbing one self when deployed.
I was not wearing waders. In cold weather and/ or cold water conditions I wear a thick neoprene chest wader (waist belt ALWAYS absolutely essential with chest waders!!) and an NRS hydroskin top, with a kayak windshell (depending upon weather may layer more under the spray shell). I think that whole wardrobe would have complicated salvaging my kayak and gear, but in cold water my only objective would be to get to shore before hypothermia rendered me helpless....to hell with the boat and gear.Just a question out of curiosity. Were you wearing waders? If so, did they impede your rescue? Self-rescue is a big deal in paddle sports and I've always wondered how I would fair if I capsized, in my canoe on the Sound. Truth be told, I'm not as confident, foolhardy?, as I once was..
I'm still waiting for the memory of the experience to subside. Really 'rattled my cage'. Focusing on reducing a chance of any reoccurence. The purpose of the thread was to share what I've learned, as well as get suggestions that I'd not thought of, but it's also personally therapeutic to objectify the event rather than dwell on the associated feelings.Glad it came out ok and you're well. Thank you for the reminder, I had a scare last winter. Amazing how fast your mind can diminish such a traumatic experience.