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    Curious if anybody had any experience on a kayak that slides away after you hit the drink.  How far did it go? What was the speed before you get dumped on? How did you get back? What would you do different (harness, etc.)?  I am thinking of a yak that slides away at decent speed (not from a slow speed), but all feedback are welcome.  Maybe some folks with sail/motor already figure this out, if so, what do you do?

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Basically, how do you recover from such event and what would you do differently going forward?






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All depends on wind, waves, and how hard you fall out👏😂
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Sure depends on the wind, waves, etc.  But the answer to me is "Not Far!" because my paddle is leashed to the yak, and you tend to death grip your paddle as you fall overboard.  Actually I think the wind is the biggest issue, if it's windy, it can get away from you pretty quick. 


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Tether yourself to it.. or if you are using that 3hp Torqeedo,,, better use a seat belt.  :smt005
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Sure depends on the wind, waves, etc.  But the answer to me is "Not Far!" because my paddle is leashed to the yak, and you tend to death grip your paddle as you fall overboard.  Actually I think the wind is the biggest issue, if it's windy, it can get away from you pretty quick.

+1 Just hold on to that tethered paddle.


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Tether yourself to it.. or if you are using that 3hp Torqeedo,,, better use a seat belt.  :smt005

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When I first started and was always going out alone.  1 yr before I saw, and met Brian G.  I used a surfboard leash precisely because of that worry.  After falling out a couple times the leash became more a hindrance than a help so i got rid of it.  I agree.  hang onto your paddle.  (Hang onto you rod also, especially if I've lent it to you!!!)

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When I first started and was always going out alone.  1 yr before I saw, and met Brian G.  I used a surfboard leash precisely because of that worry.  After falling out a couple times the leash became more a hindrance than a help so i got rid of it.  I agree.  hang onto your paddle.  (Hang onto you rod also, especially if I've lent it to you!!!)

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When I first started and was always going out alone.  1 yr before I saw, and met Brian G.  I used a surfboard leash precisely because of that worry.  After falling out a couple times the leash became more a hindrance than a help so i got rid of it.  I agree.  hang onto your paddle.  (Hang onto you rod also, especially if I've lent it to you!!!)

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What about people who don't paddle?

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Practice falling out so it doesn't happen.
Unless you get a torpedo hit from a GWS you know when you are falling out of your kayak.
Don't fight it, hop off and keep one hand on it as you do.
If you haven't practiced enough then you have no idea what I am talking about, and that's on you.
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Practice falling out so it doesn't happen.
Unless you get a torpedo hit from a GWS you know when you are falling out of your kayak.
Don't fight it, hop off and keep one hand on it as you do.
If you haven't practiced enough then you have no idea what I am talking about, and that's on you.

I think you're right, things seems to enter slow mo when you're about to fall off.  I want to say I have a pretty good reaction on a spill event, but I agree that practice will make perfect. 

I've seen some of the commentaries on the AI boards, harness seems to be the way to go.  'gonna try the surf leash thing as an insurance.



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Practice falling out so it doesn't happen
I think you're right, things seems to enter slow mo when you're about to fall off. 

Always seemed to happen pretty quickly for me...Just sayin'

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I can picture a separation situation where you would quickly and irrecoverably lose contact with your kayak.  Anchored in current is one.  Strong, unexpected and sustained wind blow is another. 

A strong unexpected gust happened to an NWKA guy a few years back, you could see the wind whipping up the water as it blew toward his position.  When it hit, he huli'd into the cold water.  Watch the first few seconds of this video to see how fast it happens.



He didn't get separated, but I could easily see it happening.

As for tethering to the kayak, I think that opens up a whole bunch of other concerns.  If I did tether, I'd want it to be at the waist with a harness.  You don't want it on your ankle with the potential to get pulled under and not have any good way to reach the line to cut it.  I'd rather be separated from my kayak in that instance.  I don't tether and have no plans to start.


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I think you're right, things seems to enter slow mo when you're about to fall off.  I want to say I have a pretty good reaction on a spill event, but I agree that practice will make perfect. 

I've seen some of the commentaries on the AI boards, harness seems to be the way to go.  'gonna try the surf leash thing as an insurance.

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