Noyo Pacific Kayaking

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Kayaking Equipment
Kayak Paddles
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Paddles are priced from around $40 to $400. Even the inexpensive ones are plenty strong. I like paddles with a dihedral (raised ridge) face. They are very smooth stroking and don't flutter when you dig in. Less expensive paddles are usually heavier, often made of aluminum (which is cold to the touch and corrodes particularly on 2-piece jointed paddles. If you have a 2-piece paddle, store it in two pieces.)

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Backrest and Seat
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If you are paddling a Sit-On-Top, you need a backrest. If your back ever gets sore, get a tall backrest like the one made by Surf to Summit. If you have any back trouble, consider getting a tall backrest with an inflatable lumbar support. I like backrests that have a pouch so I can carry water bottles and maybe a snack. There is also a backrest specifically designed for fishing that has rod holders built-in. If you are considering a

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Leashes
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Even if you are going to fish calm water, you should seriously consider using some sort of tether to attach your rod (as well as your paddle, net, bait bucket, portable depth-finder, VHF, cell-phone, GPS, tackle box, and what ever else that might be dropped) to the

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Rod Holders
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While paddling to the area you want to fish, you may need a place to park the rod where it will not get in the way. I don't like clips that hold the rod alongside the cockpit because they can be "knuckle busters" and get in the way while I'm paddling. You can use flush or bracket-mounted rod holders. They can be mounted in front of or behind the cockpit. I would start out with

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Hardware for Mounting Accessories
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Stainless steel fasteners with washers and nylock nuts are the best way to go, but you must be able to get a wrench or socket inside of the boat to tighten them. This is not a problem when the bolt is to be located within an arms reach from a hatch, however not every boat has a hatch where you might need it. In this case there are special blind "Pop" rivets for attaching hardware to plastic (do not use rivets if you have a fiberglass kayak.). They expand with a large X shaped head holding inside the plastic and work quite well. Because they are aluminum, they will need to

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