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Side air bags for coastal canoeing
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Author:  gmb [ September 3rd, 2019, 12:51 am ]
Post subject:  Side air bags for coastal canoeing

Hi all,

I've been having a blast with my Nova Craft Pal in the PacNW. I'm paddling it a ton, both solo and with my wife, and I'm surprised that the vast majority of my paddling occurs in the saltwater (puget sound).

When the salmon are running, I've been fishing for them a bit deeper than I would normally paddle - but only when other boats are close by. A swim without other boats would not be fun - at all. I'd like to outfit the canoe with a safer system so that a self-rescue is more straightforward.

I was researching setups for open water rescue, and I found a system that seems to be popular with the canoe sailing crowd: side air bags. These appeal to me as I think they'd make deep water rescue easier, and keep enough water out to allow for bailing to complete the job once you're back in. I'm also not hugely fond of bow/stern bags. Here's a couple videos of side bag setups:

Anyone have any experience with this style set up?

Author:  RAY1984 [ September 4th, 2019, 7:20 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Side air bags for coastal canoeing

You may want to check these out, I used to kayak with a gal who keep a set around in case we needed them. To be honest, I think for kayaks there a great idea.

Author:  Paddle Power [ September 4th, 2019, 7:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Side air bags for coastal canoeing

I know my Pakcanoe has side air tubes, albeit not as large centred volume as the above videos.

From the Pakboats website,
"Inflatable Tubes in the sides place flotation where it needs to be for improved stability and safety."

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