Sea Kayaking: A Manual for Long-Distance Touring

Sea Kayaking: A Manual for Long-Distance Touring

John Dowd

Language: English

Pages: 272

ISBN: 1550549766

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Sea Kayaking: A Manual for Long-Distance Touring

John Dowd

Language: English

Pages: 272

ISBN: 1550549766

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This classic guide focuses on the fundamentals of seamanship that are essential knowledge to all ocean paddlers.

Sea kayaking has come a long way since this informative manual was published more than twenty years ago. From an offbeat pastime enjoyed by an adventurous few, the sport has become an industry unto itself. Veteran paddler John Dowd’s readable, well-illustrated guide still stands as "the bible" for both new and experienced kayakers.

Sea Kayaking covers the basics of equipment and technique, including types of paddles and strokes. But the key focus in this revised and updated edition is on sound seamanship and good risk management: how to read the weather and the water, how to navigate, how to travel with a group. Drawing on his long experience paddling in all climates, Dowd presents practical, concrete advice on dealing with potential hazards (from surf to sea ice to sharks) and carrying out rescues. The book contains new photographs and numerous helpful charts, diagrams and illustrations. It also covers expedition planning, instructional methods and sea kayaking for people with disabilities.

As more and more paddlers take to the water, this classic guide continues to be required reading for those seeking adventure on the open ocean.

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the kayak downwind on the rudder and then hold open the tubes on the leading edge of the kite. As wind fills them out, the kite lifts and the lines trail through your fingers to the apex and then eventually to the single line. Smaller kites are easier to launch than larger ones and can be set successfully in winds as low as 5 knots. Under such conditions, however, the kite has no pull and is more of a frustration than an asset. (If you wish to use winds of this strength, you would be better off

noticeable by its coming to odds with the waves. The collision rules do not mention kayaks, but they require of a row-boat, “whether under oars or sail, to have ready at hand a lantern showing a white light, which shall be temporarily exhibited in sufficient time to prevent a collision.” In addition to a diver’s flashlight, I advocate that each boat carry a chemical “glow stick.” When we first experimented with these glow sticks, we carried them on the stern of each kayak. In a following sea,

PRE-DEPARTURE WORK SPONSORS PHYSICAL PREPARATION Chapter 13 - Tours, rentals and instruction TOURS RENTALS LESSONS AND INSTRUCTION PROGRAMS A WELL-BALANCED INSTRUCTIONAL SEA KAYAKING PROGRAM (FROM CANADA’S WEST COAST) CLUB COURSES Chapter 14 - Sea kayaking for people with special needs Appendix A: Transoceanic solos Appendix B: Sea kayaking photography Appendix C: Responsibility in the outdoors Bibliography Index Copyright Page To Paul Souter, who provided the

them if possible. If you must land in dumpers, try to sprint in on the back of them and scramble out of the danger zone. Spilling breakers can usually be identified from seaward by their long sweep towards shore. The gently sloping bottom against which they form may be visible on your chart. Spilling breakers form where the offshore gradient is gentle and their energy is dissipated gradually. On the north coast of Java, the gradient is so gentle that the waves reach their critical depth miles

dagger board so placed is almost never lifted clear of the water by passing waves, enhancing its effectiveness in rough seas. In addition, placing the new pivot point closer to the natural (central) pivot point makes the boat much more manageable in wind than it would be if the skeg were placed at the stern. BUILT-IN BUOYANCY Without special buoyancy systems, fibreglass boats will sink as soon as they fill with water. Polymer kayaks will float so low as to be unmanageable. The best

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