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Best sea kayak accessory for under a £quid^

Post by CaileanMac » Wed Feb 22, 2006 12:35 am

Interested to see what folks best or most useful sea kayaking accessory is for under a £1 or Norge Korner or US Dollars for our other regular posters here.

Will start the thread off with the humble bright blue bag from IKEA which is 50p if memory serves me right. Will post a photo tonight it in action. It's many uses include:

1) Carrying clean kit to sea kayaking session / journey
2) Carrying odd's and end's down to water's edge to load up into kayak
3) Carrying camping stuff from boat to campsite when out on expedition to save breaking backs
4) Standing on bag when changing in carparks
5) Keeping car seats from getting wet when doing shuttle at end of trip

Anyone else with their top sea kayaking accessory for under a quid?

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Post by Jon Wood » Wed Feb 22, 2006 7:16 am

A couple of metres of spare bungee cord:
hatch repair (with a bin liner), fix a backrest, strap kit to deck etc.

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Post by Douglas Wilcox » Wed Feb 22, 2006 7:27 am

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Post by Erling » Wed Feb 22, 2006 8:08 am

Norske kroner? You'd have a hard time finding anything under that amount over here. But you might get a GPS - a General Purpose Stick. These are just a few of its uses, the only limitation is your imagination:


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A precision navigator. Hold one end of the stick between thumb and index finger and let the other end hang freely. The GPS will then show your position with unbeatable precision. Margin of error: One arm's length.

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Rocks are hard, kayaks are fragile. Protect your baby, put the GPS under it when dragging it on land.


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Make a base for a clothes line.


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When you need to lend a hand to the buddy who always carries more equipment than Mrs. Marcos had shoes.


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Re: Best sea kayak accessory for under a £quid

Post by Jim » Wed Feb 22, 2006 1:19 pm

CaileanMac wrote:Interested to see what folks best or most useful sea kayaking accessory is for under a £1 or Norge Korner or US Dollars for our other regular posters here.

Will start the thread off with the humble bright blue bag from IKEA which is 50p if memory serves me right. Will post a photo tonight it in action. It's many uses include:

1) Carrying clean kit to sea kayaking session / journey
2) Carrying odd's and end's down to water's edge to load up into kayak
3) Carrying camping stuff from boat to campsite when out on expedition to save breaking backs
4) Standing on bag when changing in carparks
5) Keeping car seats from getting wet when doing shuttle at end of trip

Anyone else with their top sea kayaking accessory for under a quid?

CaileanMac
Cailean, you seem to have missed:
6) Use as a spinnaker for kayaking downwind

No.6 can be done handheld, or you could probably use Erlings GPS in some way to make it more automatic....

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Post by Erling » Wed Feb 22, 2006 1:42 pm

Jim wrote:..., or you could probably use Erlings GPS in some way to make it more automatic....
Yup, the GPS can certainly be used for propelling the boat. Spinnaker mast is a good idea. Or you can attach the cutting board and have a spare paddle:

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Re: Best sea kayak accessory for under a £quid

Post by sub5rider » Wed Feb 22, 2006 7:12 pm

CaileanMac wrote:... the humble bright blue bag from IKEA which is 50p if memory serves me right....
OK, I admit to having been in an Ikea store - but aren't these the bags you're supposed to carry your purchases to the checkout in, and then leave in the store? Bloody good idea tho', I'll get a couple next time I'm there....

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Post by Mark R » Wed Feb 22, 2006 7:22 pm

I approach my paddling from an entirely different angle. If a bit of kit doesn't have a reassuringly expensive designer label on it, it gets left behind.
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Post by RichardCree » Wed Feb 22, 2006 7:39 pm

I agree with Mark on this, no room for cheap stuff on my boat ;-)

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Post by CaileanMac » Wed Feb 22, 2006 8:07 pm

Sub5rider,

The yellow bags are use in the store as 'baskets' and blue are for buying.

Mark & Cree - there is something reassuring amount expensive pieces of quality kit like boats, drysuits and paddles for examples but as for accessories there's a great satisfaction in finding a cheap piece of kit which just does the job perfectly :-)

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Post by RichardCree » Wed Feb 22, 2006 8:17 pm

Rubbish the dearer the better, everyone knows that dear stuff is better ;-)

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Post by CaileanMac » Wed Feb 22, 2006 8:21 pm

Richard,

We all know how you like your toys and have a different boat for every day of the week. Suprised that you haven't referred to the 'tight fisted Islander' line you use....... ;-)

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Post by RichardCree » Wed Feb 22, 2006 8:22 pm

Thats for when we are together, like a pet name

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Post by CaileanMac » Wed Feb 22, 2006 8:25 pm

Should I divluge your pet name then???

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Post by CaptainSensible » Wed Feb 22, 2006 8:43 pm

How about one of thesefor rinsing kit when clean water is scarce?

(getting one [bottle + trigger/head] for under a quid isn't that easy though)

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For a quid

Post by capsized8 » Wed Feb 22, 2006 9:30 pm

RichardCree wrote:I agree with Mark on this, no room for cheap stuff on my boat ;-)
Doing well if you can get a quid off this guy !!! ;o)
peace and good padlin.

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Post by RichardCree » Wed Feb 22, 2006 9:33 pm

Pete, i proud myself on being carefull with my money, you have met the wife she doesn't give me much to spend, so i have tto be carefull

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Post by Jim » Wed Feb 22, 2006 10:51 pm

CaptainSensible wrote:How about one of thesefor rinsing kit when clean water is scarce?

(getting one [bottle + trigger/head] for under a quid isn't that easy though)
I clean my bike with Muc Off. My bike shop only sells it by the litre complete with trigger squirter. Have tried leaving the trigger behind only to be told in no uncertain terms that I have to take it because otherwise they will be overrun with the spare ones. I suggest finding a biker who uses the stuff and seeing if you can negotiate an even better price for one of his old bottles!

I can buy the stuff in 5 litre bottles of t'interweb, in which case I fill 5 of my old bottles, and still have some laying around spare.

To Satisfy Mr Cree, the bottles cost about £6 and come with free bike cleaner, to satisfy everyone else, I spend about £6 on bike cleaner and get a bottle free! :)

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Post by Zoe Newsam » Wed Feb 22, 2006 10:51 pm

CaileanMac wrote:Should I divluge your pet name then???

;-)

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Oh, yes! Go on, please...?;0)

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For aquid

Post by capsized8 » Wed Feb 22, 2006 11:31 pm

Zoe[/quote]
Oh, yes! Go on, please...?;0)

Careful Zoe don't get too exited!, there may be a charge for that information - probably a quid.
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Post by CaileanMac » Thu Feb 23, 2006 12:00 am

Pete,

For you I will do the discounted price of 99p ;-)

Zoe - I will just keep you in suspence and will only divluge Richard Cree's pet name when your afloat with us both.

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Pet name

Post by capsized8 » Thu Feb 23, 2006 3:37 am

[quote="CaileanMac"]Pete,

For you I will do the discounted price of 99p ;-)

Cailean

How about a competition to establish RCs pet name. The possible prize being a quid (well 50p anyway) kayaking accessorie !!. Ikea bag sounds good and at 50p we could send one to K just to help ease her sufferance having to deal with ALL that paddling gear.
Entrants must make a contribution to the RNLI
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Post by andreadawn » Thu Feb 23, 2006 7:10 am

My coffee scoop (99p).

Measures precisely the right amount into my cafitiere for a big mug. Couldn't start a paddling day (or any other for that matter) without it, so it's on my 'essentials' list.

Andrea.

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Post by Rich Best » Thu Feb 23, 2006 2:42 pm

Well I reckon I can beat all of that. On a long trip last summer I made a camp washing machine. I cut the top half off a 2 litre plastic milk carton that I found on the beach. Put about 0.5p worth of washing-up liquid in the bottom and half filled it with hot water (from the kelly kettle, so no fuel cost). Add stinking socks (or other similar) and push with closed fist to the bottom of the "washer". Pull back out again and repeat many times. That and the GPS are so satifyingly effective and free. Or if anyone wants I can make you one - with an authentic signed label- for just £49.99...

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Post by PhilC » Thu Feb 23, 2006 3:19 pm


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A precision navigator. Hold one end of the stick between thumb and index finger and let the other end hang freely. The GPS will then show your position with unbeatable precision. Margin of error: One arm's length.
Do you need to be barefoot? Is this a way of earthing oneself? What does it say in the instruction manual about rubber soled shoes?

I also don't accept that level of accuracy when it only requires one sattelite (ie. the one we are all standing on).

VERY funny post, Erling!

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Post by steamstevec » Fri Feb 24, 2006 12:14 pm

An old umbrella from the local junk shop.
Sea anchor
Sun shade
Bucket
Bowl to wash in
Place to put small items so they dont get lost in the sand
And shelter from the rain.

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Post by Gordon Simpson » Mon Mar 06, 2006 4:45 pm

A wooden pastry brush from Tescos (55pence) for sealing Valley hatches. Saves sore fingers and thumbs on cold days.

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Post by Goldspoon » Mon Mar 06, 2006 5:33 pm

A condom. Perfect for waterproofing mobile phones, GPS, spare batteries etc. Keep some in emergency kit - you never know when you might need one.

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Post by MikeB » Mon Mar 06, 2006 5:39 pm

This - Free!

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Post by CaileanMac » Mon Mar 06, 2006 10:22 pm

Piece of string to tie your hatches to your kayak - v. cheap and a priceless investment in your safety. Without a retainer cord hatches can float off when getting things out of your hatches and hence leaving you...potentially down and out!

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