To be honest, Bert, the type V is essentially a loophole and a decoration that keeps you from getting a ticket, IMHO.
I wear a type V on super calm hot days fishin the flats in 2ft deep, 87F, water for miles around me in my yak but only if I'm fishing with another (my BFF) and I always have a throwable Type I at hand tethered to yak.
When I'm offshore in YAK, I use TYPE I, same in Bays, marshes, lakes and or paddling alone or away from others...Type I, until I beach the yak and am on Terra Firma. One more thing, anytime near any kind of a Pass or periods of strong tidal movement or in inclement weather...Type I
It's super common to flip your kayak. It happens to even the most experienced paddlers eventually. If it hasn't happen to u yet, just wait, your time is a coming
WHEN that time comes, perhaps when you least expect it, in your single or double seater, you'll calmly right the boat, and gather your tethered stuff, curse a little for untethered stuff now likely lost, then hop back in the Yak (cuz u practiced this under these very paddling conditions I.e.,4ft swells in 26ft depth near High Island, etc.
Sorry about soapbox on this topic my friends. I don't want to lose any more friends to an easily preventable cause.
Kayak Accident in Missouri City
Posted 08 January 2013 - 06:18 PM
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Posted 09 January 2013 - 01:18 PM
Posted 09 January 2013 - 02:28 PM
<snip>If you're not wearing a belt tight above your waist, your waders fill almost instantaneously when u fall and all bets are off. It seems at least once every season some wading fisherman dies on a co stream or river and they almost never have a belt on.
Thanks for the info. I doubt I would have thought about wearing a tight belt when wearing waders.
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