I’ve been kayaking since 1992, and it was a paddling week in the Adirondacks that launched me on the convoluted Microship project. That expedition never quite materialized, but my love for kayaking has remained… I had lots of adventures with the geeked-out Bubba at left, and there’s an inflatable Hobie with pedal drive aboard Nomadness. It’s still my favorite way to play on the water.
This has been our most popular kayaking item, since it saves a bundle of money with a little simple DIY. If you don’t mind cutting a few pieces of PVC tubing from your local home-improvement store, these slings yield effective kayak stands. The polyester mesh prevents trapping moisture against the hull (growth), and it readily adapts to any shape (preventing stresses that can lead to deformation in hot weather).
There is a page of assembly instructions, and you can either copy the idea and sew your own, or buy ours… it’s an easy decision unless you are already set up with suitable materials and an industrial sewing machine. With commercial stands costing over $100, this is a quick and easy alternative that has worked well for hundreds of fellow kayakers. (When you order quantity 1, you receive a PAIR of slings, needed for the two stands that support one kayak. The PVC and hardware you need to acquire locally.)
The photo at right shows the kayak upside-down, to prevent it filling up with water, but most folks keep them right-side up. Either is fine.
Described in more detail over on the Expedition Medical Chests page of this store, this is the smallest of our three wound-care kits at 7 x 5 x 3.5 inches. Packed in a gasketed polycarbonate box (unlike most kits that can easily leak, soak through, or get crushed), this has all the basics for the owies you’ll most likely experience on a paddling trip… small cuts, abrasions, and blisters. Designed by a nurse with 20 years of experience, the contents are the same items she would expect to reach for in the ER. This can float around in the bilge for weeks and still serve up dry bandages when you need them.
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