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Chinese kayaks

Post by Mikebelluk » Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:09 pm

Just read a disturbing account of a rescue at Trefor, N Wales at the weekend in which a Galaxy SOT nearly sank due to rod holders coming away from the kayak and it filling with water.

Full story from the person involved on North Wales Kayak Fishing forum and news story http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-w ... ed-4389182

Might be worth checking yours if you own one.

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Re: Chinese kayaks

Post by Screwloose_LeTrack » Thu Jun 20, 2013 9:13 am

Read the story in the link twice. No mention of country of manufacture or of anything coming loose and causing the caosize. Theres a clear description of how the guy ended up in the water, it doesn't mention gear failure.

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Re: Chinese kayaks

Post by Mikebelluk » Thu Jun 20, 2013 10:36 am

From the N Wales Kayak Fishing forum:

My husband bought a kayak online three or four weeks ago (a seller on Ebay, one with good feedback and many sales of kayaks and kayak related gear). This kayak is a mass produced Chinese model. On it's first trip onto the water, one of the reel holders came off leaving a gaping hole in the kayak. My husband contacted the seller who sent him a new rod holder and rivets. My husband fixed it on carefully, mindful of ensuring it was sealed in.

The following are his words over what happened this weekend on his second trip out in this kayak:

"The sea conditions worsened and a decision was made to return to shore. My fishing line became tangled up on the buoy as I paddled back in my open top kayak. The kayak capsized, due to my line being tangled up. At this point there was nobody around to help me. My two-way radio (the other one being ashore with my partner) was unable to work as it became waterlogged; it would only send static. At this point I was trying to right the kayak as it had overturned. I turned it the right way up and cut the fishing line which by now was also tangled around me. One rod holder was missing (a different one to the one I had fixed) Panic set in fully when my open top kayak started to sink. The more I tried to get back into it, the more it sank. Eventually, the kayak was horizontal in the water, with just the tip end out of the water. I was in the water for around thirty minutes in rough sea swallowing water. Only my buoyancy aid kept me afloat and despite wearing a wetsuit I was becoming extremely cold and losing my energy. At this point I thought I would die and never see my family again.
I saw my friend suddenly appear from nowhere in his kayak. He came to me and told me that the coastguard had been called. It was stipulated to the third person on shore (who was communicating with my friend via their radio, and coastguard via mobile phone), that he must under no circumstances try to get me out of the water, but he told me help was on its way. At this point I was losing consciousness on and off as my friend kept on talking to me whilst keeping me clinging to his kayak side. By now my kayak could no longer be seen as it was submerged completely. Please note, this should not happen to an open topped kayak. Around 53 or 54 minutes from the beginning of the incident, a Sea King helicopter appeared overhead and rescued me from the water by winchman. My friend was exhausted from the ordeal of the past half an hour; he had paddled frantically to find me then fought in rough seas to keep me with his kayak, and no longer had the energy to return to shore. The coastguards / lifeboat brought him in. They said that had my friend not found me and stayed with me, I would have been dead. I am very thankful to my friend and all the men and women involved with my rescue. "

The kayak nearly caused my husbands death. We had the kayak given back to us, the lifeboat brought it into shore for safety reasons. The design and manufacture is such, that upon inspection today, the remaining three rod holders pulled straight out when a broom handle was pushed into the cup (including the replacement that my husband riveted back into place using supplied rivets). The gaping hole left by a rod holder which needed only a simple capsize to come loose, allowed this kayak to fill up with water and sink. The rivets are next to useless.

The seller has sold thousands of these kayaks.

He gave us a refund for the kayak and offered to pay for all the lost equipment, something that he hasn't so far kept to his word with. The kayak went back to him today to be 'investigated' so all we are left with are pictures, video, and some extremely nasty memories which will stay with us for life. It's not much recompense for what has happened but we will use it to help others, none the less.

We want people to be aware of the safety issues of mass chinese imports; we do not want this to happen again.

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Re: Chinese kayaks

Post by rockhopper » Thu Jun 20, 2013 11:08 am

Much the same as putting airbags in a kayak with no bulkhead, to reduce the amount of water they hold in the event of a leak or swamping and also to ensure the boat stays afloat I heartily recommend that anyone with a SOT kayak, if possible (many have hatched that just open into the hull of the boat), fills the inside of the hull with things like swimming noodles. http://www.onlinepoolstore.co.uk/comfy- ... 3681-p.asp
Use these rather than airbags as it means you don't have to check they are always inflated.
Even with the combined weight of fishing gear and a person on board this should ensure the boat does not sink even in the event of it being holed and it adds next to nothing to the weight.

Rog.

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Re: Chinese kayaks

Post by Skua » Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:51 pm

Car inner tube - does the job!

turn the kayak upside down and it traps the air inside and stays afloat - but means the paddler remains immersed.

USE A VHF - fundamental kit on any kayak fishing safety kit list, which also starts with immersion clothing (usually a drysuit recommended0.

I think kayak anglers as a group are the best prepared water users around - most carry more safety kit than small boat users. It has been part of the education drummed into new users from the outset, stay safe.

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