What should I wear for ocean kayaking?

What to Wear Kayaking

  • Always wear a personal flotation device (PFD) and never take it off while on the water.
  • Dress for the water temperature, not the air temperature; this may mean wearing a wetsuit or dry suit.
  • Dress in layers, especially on top.
  • Dress for sun protection.

What accessories should I buy for my kayak?

The Basics

  • Kayak.
  • Paddle (1 per paddler), plus spare.
  • Life jacket (PFD)
  • Whistle.
  • Bailer or pump.
  • Rescue throw rope.
  • Spray skirt (for cold weather/water)
  • Dry bag for personal items.

Do you need a rudder for ocean kayaking?

no and yes. They are only necessary if you feel they are necessary. Some boats sail beautifully without a rudder. Typically these are well-designed, well-behaved paddling boats to begin with.

What is a Tankwell on a kayak?

Tank well: Another name for the on-deck storage area. Some kayaks will also have a bungee or cargo net to accompany the tank well. Drain Plug: Removable plug found in most kayaks that allows water to drain out from the inside when open.

Do you need a wetsuit for kayaking?

These days many paddlers don’t bother with a wetsuit, but use a combination of paddle-top and bottoms to keep them warm and dry. Made from either neoprene or nylon, often with reinforced knees and bum to prevent wear, they will usually have a sealed waist and cuffs on the ankles to keep the wet stuff out.

What can I attach to my kayak?

Kayak Carts.

  • Dry Bags.
  • Clip-on Deck Accessories.
  • Screw-on Deck Accessories.
  • Cockpit Covers.
  • Scupper Plugs.
  • What is the fin on the bottom of a kayak called?

    A skeg is usually deployed on the underside of the hull and a few feet forward of the stern of the kayak. The skeg only acts as a fin in the water and cannot be manipulated other than up and down.

    What is the purpose of a skeg on a kayak?

    Skegs are used only to assist in the tracking of a kayak. In cross winds and following waves, you can deploy a skeg to help your kayak track straight. When the skeg is no longer needed, it can be raised back up inside the boat and has no effect on the performance of the kayak.

    What does a kayak skeg do?

    Believe it or not, the main purpose of rudders or skegs isn’t to turn a kayak, it’s to keep a kayak running straight when you’re paddling with a crosswind. A kayak will naturally want to turn into the wind, something called weathercocking. A rudder or skeg is used to fight your kayak’s desire to do so.

    How can I improve my kayak tracking?

    Turn the paddle shaft slightly left or right to track the kayak. Twist your torso and lean in toward the tracking turn. Using body English and the paddle blade together is an effective method of improving the kayak’s tracking. Do not lean too far over, as this leads to unwanted wet exits.