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Topic: A sticky for ocean newbie questions?  (Read 27181 times)

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Thank you very much for the info. guys. My first experience on the salt with a yak was with my brother (camoken63) and his pair of 8 foot kiddie boats.  For gear we had our clothes, poles and tackle. We went about a mile south of Trinidad and a few hundred yards out. We stayed out for about an hour or so. I came to the realization, wtf are we doing?!?, and headed back. That was a few years ago.I will take your guys' advice to heart.
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I have read all of the posts in this thread and I did not see anything mentioned about having a leash attached to your yak if you are way out there. I have a spare boogie board leash and thought that would be a good way not to lose the yak if I went over. I realize you would not want to attach it if you were in the surf going out of coming in. Does anyone do this? or is it a bad idea?

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I have read all of the posts in this thread and I did not see anything mentioned about having a leash attached to your yak if you are way out there. I have a spare boogie board leash and thought that would be a good way not to lose the yak if I went over. I realize you would not want to attach it if you were in the surf going out of coming in. Does anyone do this? or is it a bad idea?

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There m/b some merit to that idea. I know someone on here, bluekayak, used to advocate it for fishing rough seas offshore. I haven't done it myself, but it seems lime a reasonable idea.
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I have read all of the posts in this thread and I did not see anything mentioned about having a leash attached to your yak if you are way out there. I have a spare boogie board leash and thought that would be a good way not to lose the yak if I went over. I realize you would not want to attach it if you were in the surf going out of coming in. Does anyone do this? or is it a bad idea?
Loren

Unless the wind is strong (we shouldn't be out there in that condition in the first place) you should "drift" same speed with the current.  The only drawback I can see with leasing to you yak is you might get tangled when flipped over.
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Another newbie here.. Great info. Thanks all!


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newbie here and wondering about that as I have been tying off to the kep with a 3-6' rope and a dog leash type clip...few wraps around a kelp and clip it to it's own rope....pull the slack up later to release...a few bigger swells got my attention and i am wonder how anything in the front of my fish-n-dive would be usable as I am pretty large and doing good to just stay in the boat,without doing any yoga moves to grab loose tied in stuff....love this thread...taking notes...knife handy and compass and whistle are added to my growing list now thanks to reading so far
I was out the other day and saw a newbie who was tying off to seaweed on the side of his boat,that can be dangerous in big swells, it can roll you over in no time at all. I suggest a line tied to the front of the yak with a carribeaner at the end. It can be used as a tow line and keeps the yak stable and stationary. I use a line about 12 to 15 ft to allow for surge and swell.
If I do tie up to kelp, i usually toss a strip of kelp on my foot peg and press my foot down on it.  Release is easy, just lift my foot!  Although I have a kelp clip now, I still haven't tried it out.   :smt005
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never even thought of tossing my extra paddle and a bunch of float worms in the hull...hmmmm
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.

I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.

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never even thought of tossing my extra paddle and a bunch of float worms in the hull...hmmmm

Might be the most important additions to your yak that you ever make.


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Thanks for all the info!

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Another newbie here - Thanks so much for the great information.   Fantastic required gear safety list.

Question:  I have a 7/5mm wetsuit.  For ocean trips on Sonoma Coast should I use the wetsuit I have or look into getting a drysuit like the Kokatat SuperNova Angler drysuit?  I am a bigger guy and am kind of worried I will be sweating my butt off pedaling my Hobie Outback out there.  Just hoping for some feedback from experienced ocean anglers.

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where can I go and find out what I need (by law)to have when I am on my yak?
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where can I go and find out what I need (by law)to have when I am on my yak?

Pretty sure that the PFD is the only legal requirement.
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