EASY KAYAK HACKS
Whether you are a casual weekend kayak fisho or a multi-day kayak adventurer, there is nothing quite like escaping it all for a few hours of peace on the water. As a descendant of Irish gipsies, tinkering is in my blood and I can’t help but take things apart, modify designs, add bits on, and take shortcuts. Needless to say, my kayak has become a bit of an outlet for this. These are my favourite hacks to make your kayaking life even more convenient.
After getting sick of losing my sun cream, I stuck a small piece of Velcro to the back of my sun cream bottle and another to the kayak. Now I have a designated spot within easy reach where my sun cream is always held in place.
Necessity is the mother of invention. Trying to eat a packet of crisps or a sandwich while balancing my long paddle across my midriff was neither comfortable nor secure. To fix the problem and give myself a place to store my paddle while I was applying sun cream, eating, or catching forty winks in the sun, I fixed two cinch straps to the edge of the cockpit. Now I can securely strap my paddle away when I am doing something else and stop it falling overboard.
A CUSHION FOR LEG COMFORT
I enjoy long paddles on the weekends, but keeping my legs dead straight for a long period of time usually leaves my legs asleep and ruins my circulation. I glued a seat cushion to the inside of the kayak where my knees usually sit. The cushion under the back of my knees keeps them at a better angle for the circulation and stops them getting quite so achy.
PROTECT THE BOTTOM WITH DRIFTWOOD
When you beach the kayak on the shore, stones and rocky gravel which line the beach can cause damage to the underside of your kayak, particularly if the shell is fibreglass. If there is any driftwood lying around, put it under the hull and use it as a roller to prevent scratches to the bottom.
BUILD A PORTABLE WASHING MACHINE
On multi-day paddles, you can build your own washing machine out of a dry bag. Turn it inside out, fill it with water and a drop of detergent and your dirty undies. Seal it up, give it a good shake and when you take your clothes out, they will be washed.
If you are good with your hands, there are endless possibilities for modifications you can make to your kayak to make life a little easier. As long as you aren’t drilling into anything and compromising the integrity of the structure, anything can be removed if it doesn’t work. Get creative and see what you can do.
I like to stop my kayak and fish in the shallows when I find a nice spot. I made a bowline out of climbing rope and a carabiner. I clip the carabiner to my personal floatation device so the kayak follows me if I decide to walk along the shore a bit. Just be careful not to use an aluminium carabiner in salty conditions.
WATERSNAKE ASP ELECTRIC KAYAK MOTOR WITH BRACKET COMBO
I don’t normally plug products but this case is a little different. The revolutionary bracket design allows for fitting to most kayaks with a minimum of drilling into the hull. There’s nothing like having a stealthy electric motor when fishing.
Is there anything I have missed? Let us know if you think there is anything else you have added to your kayak.