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Whats in you pocket?

Post by RichardCree » Thu Nov 15, 2007 9:23 am

What do you keep in your BA pocket when sea kayaking. It would be good if you could rate the items from 1 to 5 and make comment on wether you really need the item or not (have you ever needed it or know someone who has)

I'll start

sex wax (5) boat repairs
Bin Bag (5) boat repair and first aid
Day night flair (5) rescue
Rusty knife (1) needs replaced
Whistle (3) never needed it possible use in rescue
Old food power bar thingies(1) should be binned
Waterproof dressing (5) first aid
Electrical tape (2) first aid / repair ( only time i ever needed this is was to cold to use, breaks of in very small squares if its cold enough)

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Post by NeilG » Thu Nov 15, 2007 9:29 am

I only have one pocket.

Pack of mini-flares, never used, better than nothing.
Boat knife, never used, hope I never get tangled up.
small signal mirror, never used, not sure it would be effective in those conditions anyway.
laminated card with personal details, hopefully will never be needed!
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Post by Lord Robert Manitou » Thu Nov 15, 2007 9:40 am

Is 1 good or bad in the scale?

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Post by Jonathan. » Thu Nov 15, 2007 10:09 am

BA FRONT
Fleece hat (5)
Fleece neck gaiter (5)
Energy bars (5)
Sun screen (4)
Lip salve (2)
Knife (3)
I've use all these, though I don't think I've ever had to get the knife out in the boat.

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Platypus (5)
Parachute flare in drybag (5)
Never used the flare - though when I was in trouble somebody did release one of theirs

SPRAYDECK
Miniflares (1)
Never used. They were expired so I let them off on bonfire night . Only one failed but the rest were pathetic and I shan't replace them.

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Post by RichardCree » Thu Nov 15, 2007 10:10 am

1 is bad 5 is good

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Post by capsized8 » Thu Nov 15, 2007 10:38 am

In Descending order -

Combined VHF/GPS/DSC, in the pocket all the time except when messing on the Swellies. It has a lanyard and carabiner attached, which have proved to be handy items on there own

Whistle with a small amount of electrical tape wound onto it.

Rescue Knife

Meraklon balaclava

Energy bar or 2 or 3 or !!!

ALL been used or should I say needed at some point, especially the bars!
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Re: Whats in you pocket?

Post by Alistair426 » Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:14 am

RichardCree wrote: sex wax (5) boat repairs
Do you mean 'ding stick'/'Dr Ding'...or am I missing a trick?

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Post by JOHNF » Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:39 am

Car Keys
Knife
Whistle
Mobile Phone
Lendal Key
Fleece Hat
Mars Bar or 2
Camera
Miniflares or Personal Day/Night Flare just in case we get separated - main flare pack in deck bag

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Post by RichardCree » Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:44 am

Sex wax, not ding stick ( i have ding stick in repair kit in boat, cant think of a use for i tin BA pocket)

Sex wax is a grippy soft wax used by surfers gives grip to paddle shaft, because its soft and easily moulds you can use it for lots of repairs, it also sticks when the boat is wet, and you can clean it properly without to much hassle when you get home and decide to make a proper repair.

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Post by Owen » Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:49 am

VHF in back pocket (5).
Strobe on shoulder (1).
Whistle (3).
Silva compass (3).
Fleece hat (5).
Jelly babies (5).
Rope cutter (new not used it yet).
Watch (3).

I do need to get a new day/night flare.
Sometimes sunglasses go in there.

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Post by Jonathan. » Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:52 am

Sex wax sounds handy.

What kind of place stocks it - and is it really called that? Or does it have another name (to spare the shop assistant's giggles)?

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Post by Yellerbelly » Thu Nov 15, 2007 12:11 pm

VHF (5) - sometimes in an Aquapac, undecided
Day night flare (5)
Camera (5) - Optio that has survived nearly 2 years !
Strobe on shoulder (4 ? surely more useful than a 1 Owen ? ).
Whistle (3).
Knife (1) - folding hence not very useful with one hand on the paddle ! and also pointed so more likely to injure myself with it.
Marathon bar (3)
Lendal key (1) - use Werner paddle now

Use Palm Symbiant Tour PFD, weird fit and pockets not big enough.
Needs a back pocket for the VHF.

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Post by Alistair426 » Thu Nov 15, 2007 12:21 pm

Jonathan. wrote:Sex wax sounds handy.

What kind of place stocks it - and is it really called that? Or does it have another name (to spare the shop assistant's giggles)?
Any surfshop will stock 'sex wax' or a similar wax. 'Sex wax' is the brand most people know because of the name but there are numerous other brands... 'Mrs Palmers'; 'Sticky Bumps', et al.

Never heard of using it to bung things up...can see how it might work at the right temperature.

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Post by Owen » Thu Nov 15, 2007 12:22 pm

Yellerbelly wrote:
Strobe on shoulder (4 ? surely more useful than a 1 Owen ? ).

.. . . Ben
It would be if it were a decent strobe, I did have a really good one I got from a dive shop but the seal went after about ten years and I can't find a similar one anywhere.
The one I've got was from a kayak shop its a cheep plastic one with a small battery and a weak flash; so it only gets a one.

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Post by Yellerbelly » Thu Nov 15, 2007 12:42 pm

Yes, my strobe is my old diving one. Cheers Owen . . . . Ben

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Post by runswick2000 » Thu Nov 15, 2007 1:12 pm

In order of importance:

Knife
Day night flare
VHF
Water on the back in a thing
Mobile phone
Whistle
Camera
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Post by Jim » Thu Nov 15, 2007 1:37 pm

Jonathan. wrote:Sex wax sounds handy.

What kind of place stocks it - and is it really called that? Or does it have another name (to spare the shop assistant's giggles)?
Full title is Dr Zoggs Sex Wax. Any surf shop will have it. It comes in different grades for different temperatures so surfers in different climates can still get the same grip on their boards.

It is evil on paddle shafts and I can't understand why people still use it.

My BA pocket contains (when sea kayaking):

Sheath for my river knife (0)
Paddlok Key (5)
Lipsalve (4)
Fox 40 whistle (4) too loud
Nose clip (0) for surf or playboating
Glasses case with either my shades or regular specs, depending on which I am wearing (6)

Sunblock (4) depends on season
Sometimes I put pogies in (3)

Often used batteries and other junk gets stuffed in there rather than finding a proper stowage for it afloat.

Jim

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Post by Aled » Thu Nov 15, 2007 2:14 pm

What pocket? After close inspection, I did find a pocket on the front of my BA, but there was nothing inside..! ;-)

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Post by runswick2000 » Thu Nov 15, 2007 2:19 pm

Oops, forgot paddle lock and nose clip. One of them's important and one's not.
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Post by capsized8 » Thu Nov 15, 2007 2:21 pm

Aled wrote:What pocket? After close inspection, I did find a pocket on the front of my BA, but there was nothing inside..! ;-)
What BA Don't you mean -- well hidden by your cag on Sunday perhaps!

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Post by capsized8 » Thu Nov 15, 2007 2:30 pm

There was one outing I found on my return home, a pocket full of porridge! The wrapper on a flapjack failed whilst doing wet stuff -- porridge and vhf speaker slots -- keep well apart, trust me!!!
peace and good padlin.

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Post by atakd » Thu Nov 15, 2007 3:31 pm

Knife (4)
Camera (1)
VHF (5)
Inhaler (5)
5m of 6mm line (3)
Pad-lock key (4)
Whistle (2)
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Post by Cornholio » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:05 pm

Yak Katarak BA

Back pocket- Icom VHF in Aquapac, lanyard attached to front strap to enable it to be pulled out from the front.
Front pockets- Reed Hi Viz balaclava
folding knife on thin bungee attached to d ring in pocket
Day/night flare
ACR strobe velcro strapped to shoulder strap
Smileys nose clip round neck on thin bungee
The balaclava and nose clip are there mainly to put on if conditions begin rapidly deteriorating!
Need to find somewhere safe for my neoprene gloves after reading the cold water survival thread... last week stuck my bare hands in loch Insh while out on a fitness paddle, utterly utterly freezing already! I then put the gloves on and did the same again and the difference was incredible.
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small pocket

Post by Jennie » Thu Nov 15, 2007 6:19 pm

Bar of chocolate and .... er .... occasionally another bar if they are smalish ones, well it is just a very small pocket!

Next BA needs more pocket space.

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Post by ls » Thu Nov 15, 2007 8:31 pm

BA = Kaikoura (contents can be summed up as too much, but trying to whittle it down)

Left pocket:
Night/Day flare (5)
Knife (4) rarely used it, but ...
power bars / go gel (5)
Kogg nog + nose clips (3)
torch (5)
Climing sling (4)

Right pocket:
Pencil + paper (3)
Compas (3)
Epoxy tube (3) repair kit
rucksack liner (4) repair kit
padlock key + Whistle (4)
Annemometer + Camera (1)

In the back:
Camelback (5)
VHF (5)
Krill light (4)

Attached:
Strobe (5) Good for hooking deck out of the way as well as more traditional use
String for attaching hat (5)

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Post by journeyman » Thu Nov 15, 2007 9:03 pm

Day & Night (5) in spraydeck pocket- as yet not needed- hope it stays that way!
VHF (5) attached to clip in pocket - use regularly to let CG know when departing/finishing.
WProof Camera (5) on elastic & small crab on D ring.
Mobile Phone (5) in small aquapack looped through D ring
Whistle (5)- attached with thin elastic
Knife (1) - when I need it I'll be glad I put up with it.
Waterproof Sun Block Stick for summer
LipSalve
Chocolate/sweets
Strobe on sholder strap

Forgot about the lazer stick!

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Post by Robert Craig » Thu Nov 15, 2007 9:10 pm

Back pocket
miniflares
strobe light
resuscitation mask

Front right
pogies
car key
whistle

Front left
anemometer
camera (Optio WP)

Used to carry more crap, but have shifted it to a deck bag, doing which takes a load off the shoulders. Used all the front pocket stuff (whistle is good for attracting attention of about-to-depart ferries), but thankfully none of the back pocket stuff.

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Post by Mark R » Thu Nov 15, 2007 9:59 pm

A mass of chocolate wrappers dating from successive trips from time immemorial, compressed down to a Big Bang-generating density.
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Post by Chris C » Fri Nov 16, 2007 12:13 am

A capital one credit card :), choccy bars sweets knife sling and krab.

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What do you carry

Post by waltfos » Fri Nov 16, 2007 11:52 am

A cream egg how do you eat yours??????

Sea paddling/Touring

Type Koast

in back
Hydration sac [5] use all the time
Poggies or gloves [2] weather dependand usd last weekend
Reed Hi vis hood [1] wet water exes

In front
Smoke Flares day/Night [4] never had to use
VHF [4] never used in anger but good for pre paddle info forecasts being nosey as to whos on water etc
Marge lid [Flora as it rough on butter side and pencil cuts into it, cut into credit card size bits n pencil [2] use for notes what I saw etc who is there any group transit notes in lieu of deck slate
Camera [4] use all the time
sat nav [3-4] use when touring/journeying
Trail Mix/Chochlate [4] use al the time
Whistle [1] used once
Compass [2] use on maps etc back up for GPS
4 mtrs dental floss [1] good waxy and good for tying things if thats what your into
Paddle lesh [2] use when needed is it a comfort towel


strobe/carrib on shoulder


Some are transfered to deck ie GPS,lesh, knife [fishing] etc

Sex wax as with Ptex gaffer tape tie wraps, bungees binbags etc carried in boat repair kiit with other bits n bobs not forgeting good wicking towel
RichardCree wrote:]Electrical tape (2) first aid / repair ( only time I ever needed this is was to cold to use, breaks of in very small squares if its cold enough)
You can buy double sided electrical tape which is rubbery and stretchy good in wet and cold, does not breack of and snap like the thin polythene coloured type I assume RC is talking about and that we all know. Whats good about it it sticks to itself as its double sided. You would eed to buy in in Electrical wholesalers like Edmundson Ross Senate etc


Keep shoogling

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