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Summer safety

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Summer safety

Postby inshorebrawler » 13 Oct 2018, 08:08

As some yaks get dusted off and more vyakkers hit the wet stuff. I thought I would start a thread on safety as it seems the water police are hot on the trail this snapper season. Hopefully a few surf and re-entry sessions can be had as the water temp and fishing heats up. The main requiements for ppb and wp would have stayed the same but a general conversation for the people who may of forgotten or the newbies could save a fine or life.
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Re: Summer safety

Postby inshorebrawler » 13 Oct 2018, 08:14

Long or short sessions I always have a flag up to start with and my PFD with a red flasher on my shoulder and PLB. Spare paddle and I always let my wife know where I am planning to launch and a time of return, when I'm back on land I text immediately. I have a dry bag that holds my emergency gear. Rope, water, knife, emergency blanket, sponge, drouge and bailer I can take my epirb but that's mainly offshore.
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Re: Summer safety

Postby Rhino » 13 Oct 2018, 09:26

I'd lose the red flasher. That indicates a port lateral mark. You'd be better off with a solid white light.

This might surprise some, but if drifting or underway a kayak does not have to display lights at all. However, a torch or lantern must be carried and exhibited in time to avoid collision.
A kayak need only display a 360 degree all round white light when at anchor.
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Re: Summer safety

Postby inshorebrawler » 13 Oct 2018, 10:31

Great points, I didnt know that a red flash would be an issue. it is only used if i get separated from the yak at night.
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Re: Summer safety

Postby Redmullet » 13 Oct 2018, 11:03

I have found the "find my friends' app very good in terms of a loved one knowing where your are fishing or your last location in case something goes wrong.
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Re: Summer safety

Postby Rhino » 13 Oct 2018, 11:17

inshorebrawler wrote:Great points, I didnt know that a red flash would be an issue. it is only used if i get separated from the yak at night.


Ah, fair enough. In those circumstances, anything you can do to draw attention to yourself is ok, but not ideal under normal circumstances.
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Re: Summer safety

Postby Steve_R » 13 Oct 2018, 11:52

Redmullet wrote:I have found the "find my friends' app very good in terms of a loved one knowing where your are fishing or your last location in case something goes wrong.
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Good one. That save me trying to explain where I am or having to phone in a location change when nothing is happening - not that I generally remember any of that, which is the entire point of installing the app.

No gain without pain - the mutual stalking feels a bit creepy.
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