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- Now that you have chosen your boat, we suggest you peruse the list
below of additional equipment. This list makes no claim to completeness.
- Any water sport is potentially hazardous, due to the inherent risks
of cold shock, hypothermia, drowning, collision ...
- We strongly recommend that you obtain and maintain sufficient equipment
to allow you to paddle with the greatest possible safety margin.
- We strongly recommend that you seek qualified paddling instruction
and constantly practice what you learn. Kayaking is an excellent activity
for people of all shapes and sizes! Please paddle responsibly, only
you are responsible for yourself.
below lists items of equipment in three categories:
1 - Items
of Pouch equipment, which you can add to the Basic Package of the
boat of your choice. Some of these items may already be included in the
current Basic Package for the E68 single or the RZ96 double.
2 - Items
of folding boat equipment that we do not (currently) sell, but that
you may wish to consider nonetheless for comfort or convenience.
3 - A
brief mention of safety items, intended merely to point out that this
type of equipment exists and that you should research it further. Any
water sport is potentially hazardous, due to the inherent risks of cold
shock, hypothermia, drowning, collision, injury and others ... we therefore
strongly recommend that you obtain and maintain sufficient equipment to
allow you to paddle with the greatest possible safety margin.
Furthermore, we strongly recommend that you seek qualified paddling instruction
and constantly practice what you learn. Kayaking is an excellent activity
for people of all shapes, sizes, ages and levels of experience! Only you
are responsible for yourself, please enjoy your paddling responsibly.
The backpack holds skin and longitudinal frame pieces of either the
E68 single or the RZ96 double. It also contains the frames of the E68
single. The Backpack has padded shoulder straps, a waist strap, and
drawstring top closure with storm flap.
Pouch Gear- / Frame-Bag (buckles to backpack)
We recommend this bag to carry the frames, rudder components and spraydeck
of the RZ96 double (it is included in the Basic Package of the RZ96
double for this reason). Four Fastex-type buckles connect it to the
Backpack to create one solid piece of luggage or the bag may be carried
by an integral handle on its side. The components of the E68 single
all fit into the Backpack. Nonetheless, the E68 Backpack is also factory
equipped with the buckles needed to connect the Additional Gear Bag
to it. It is a convenient way to carry PFDs and other gear.
The Pouch rudder system consists of:
fitting (standard equipment on both the E68 single and the RZ96
blade haul-up line
lines (join control cables to pedals and allow length lengthwise
pedestal with fixed heel plates
control pedals mounted over heel plates
track to mount pedestal and allow lengthwise adjustment
single tracks and turns well without a rudder. However, since the
stern fitting and the deck tubes for the rudder cables are easiest
to install at the factory and since we consider the heel plates worth
having anyway, we include it in the basic package. Use of the rudder
makes paddling less demanding on the skills of the paddler, especially
when the boat is heavily laden. Paddling double kayaks without a rudder
is certainly possible, but somewhat less than convenient ... of course
we include a rudder as part of the basic package of the RZ96.
(To calm the offended purists: Even North Pacific skin-on-frame boats,
probably among the most seaworthy of small craft and used for astonishing
paddling feats, were sometimes equipped with rudder appendages used
as trim tabs to counter the effects of unfavorable winds or waves
on a particular course.)
Loop Line / Elastic Rigging for Pouch Boats
Both run through webbing loops and D-rings, which are sewn to the
deck (with reinforcement patches on the underside of the deck material)
and spaced parallel to the sheer. The loop line allows another paddler
or a swimmer to hold onto the boat, it also provides convenient attachment
points for gear anywhere along the length of the hull. The elastic
rigging on the fore- and /or aft-deck allows quick belaying of paddles
and other equipment, which you only need to push under it.
Foam Rubber Seat for Pouch Boats
This seat is designed to fit over the keelson assemblies of the E68
single and the RZ96 double (as well as very comfortably under the
paddlers). It has flanges that hold it in position laterally, but
allow adjustment forward and aft. The top of the seat is shaped to
conform to the buttocks in such a way as to compress the muscles slightly
for additional padding to ensure that the paddler's weight is not
resting on the pelvic or tail bones.
Reach Through Access Hatches
The hatches have a 5-inch inner diameter and can be factory installed
in the fore and / or aft deck. They allow the paddler to reach through
the deck to stow gear in the ends of the boat. The hatches consist
a) a funnel, which is sewn to the deck material so as to be leak free;
the outer end of the funnel is closed by folding it flat, rolling
it up and securing it with hook-and-loop straps to provide a watertight
b) a plywood ring in a fabric sleeve, which is integral to the exterior
of the funnel material at the opening in the deck; it reinforces the
deck against distortion around the hatch
c) an outer fabric hatch cover, which fits over the plywood ring with
an elasticized rim; it adds security to the roll-top closure of the
hatch system against any potential snagging and also presents a first
barrier to water ingress.
reinforcing strips for Pouch Boats
Pouch boat skins are tough. Due to the elasticity of the hull material,
is is unlikely to get punctured except under severe circumstances.
However, when the hull material is trapped between a relatively unyielding
(longitudinal) frame member and a hard abrasive surface and subjected
to movement, damage is possible. The strips provide a sacrificial
reinforcement, preventing damage to the hull material itself. If you
expect to experience frequent grounding on aggressively abrasive surfaces,
a pair of strips running the length of the keelsons is worth considering.
If you expect to find yourself in adverse and partially uncontrollable
circumstances, then consider an additional pair of strips along the
run of the stringers.
Sailing Rig for RZ96 double
The rig consists of jib and high aspect ratio fully battened, loose-headed
main sail (5 sq-m, approx. 54 sq-ft, in total). It includes leeboards
on a yoke and a helmsman's control board with mainsheet block and
jam cleats. This rig turns the RZ96 into a very capable sailboat with
good upwind ability. The loose-headed mainsail takes on an increasing
twist in response to gusts and stronger winds, yet remains highly
efficient due to the battens.
Batten tension can be fine tuned to produce the most appropriate camber
for the prevailing conditions and the stayed mast allows sufficient
tension on the forestay to keep the jib effective when pointing high.
The main sail has two reef points and the leeboards can be tilted
forward or aft to adjust the lead between the center of effort of
the effective sail area and the center of lateral area of the immersed
hull. more ...
Spray Deck for RZ96 double
The less potential for ingress of water there is in a boat, the more
potentially seaworthy it is. The Pouch spray deck completely covers
the open cockpit of the RZ96 and is attached to the outside of the
washboards by the same star grip nuts that secure the washboards to
the tops of the frames. There are funnels at each paddling position,
slit on one side to permit easy entry and egress for the paddlers,
as well as providing fully adjustable ventilation when conditions
permit. The slits close very effectively with hook-and-loop straps.
Skirt for E68 single
This is an important safety item. It stops water ingress and helps
to keep the paddler warm and dry. We recommend the HIKO T4 model,
which consists of a neoprene deck with a heavy-duty bungee rim and
a diagonal ripcord. The Nylon funnel has a mesh drained front pocket,
elastic drawstring and adjustable elastic suspenders.
and Stern Buoyancy Bags
The bags are shaped to fit into the ends of the hull, with inflation
tubes sufficiently long to reach the cockpit. They provide floatation
(in addition to the sponsons, which are standard in both the E68 single
and the RZ96 double). They also fill out the extreme bow and stern
sections of the frame, preventing water from pooling in the ends of
a partially flooded hull and thus reduce the adverse affect of such
water on the directional stability and the resulting increased tendency
of the boat to broach.
We recommend the beautifully finished Bending Branches "Journey" model.
The fiberglass ferrules are reliable, hardwearing and specifically
matched for each paddle for left- and right-handed feathered, as well
as unfeathered paddling. The shaft is of a sufficiently large diameter
for a comfortable grip and somewhat ovalized where you hold it. It
tapers to the inner diameter of the ferrules without a hard shoulder,
which could otherwise provide the starting point for cracking. We
particularly like the narrow, high aspect ratio blades, which permit
a broad range of paddling styles and excellent control. These paddles
fit into the Pouch backpack.
You can carry Pouch folding boats on your back when they are folded;
the Pouch backpacks are designed to allow you to do so. However, for
longer distances it is more comfortable to put either the assembled
or the packed boat onto a collapsible cart, especially when you wish
to move your additional camping and other gear at the same time. We
recommend PaddleBoy carts because of their solid yet light-weight
construction and the ease with which they can be used and packed up
in the boat.
pump, foot operated
The central rudder track and pedestal system in Pouch boats allows
the use of a foot-operated bilge pump.
In the event that you find yourself in a flooded boat, a foot operated
pump lets you use your strong leg muscles to perform the hard work
of putting the water back where it should be without forcing you to
compromise the integrity of the hull by sticking a hand operated pump
through the spray skirt / deck. This set-up also leaves your upper
body and arms free to control the boat, surely useful if the circumstances
were adverse enough to cause flooding in the first place.
We recommend that you always where a PFD designed for paddling and
displaying the US Coast Guard approval label. A PFD must fit you well,
we therefore recommend that you try on and, if possible try out, a
number of them under expert guidance at a small craft shop or an outfitter.
Rescue and Navigation Equipment
Going into the details of further available and / or desirable safety
equipment goes beyond the scope of this list. Expert advice on flares,
lights, strobes, paddle floats, re-entry slings, throw ropes, towing
systems, compasses, maps, GPS etc. is freely available from manufacturers,
small craft shops, outfitters and, of course, on the internet.