Now that I have a beautiful new boat, it looks like I’ll be having to get some new gear to match. I’d appreciate any ideas on outfitting this boat, but so that this post isn’t too open-end I’ll pose a few specific questions:
- The paddle. My beat up plastic whitewater paddle just isn’t gonna do. As I will be using this boat primarily for cruising I thought a nice beavertail would work. I’m 5’10" 170 lbs. Paddle suggestions?
- Portage yoke. I don’t anticipate a whole lot of portaging, but I’d like to carry the boat in comfort (I know it’s only some 30 odd lbs. but I’m gettin’ old!) from parking lot to water and back. Portage Yoke ideas?
- Interior protection. Any ideas for protecting the interior surface when I step in with dirty sandy footwear. I have a foam kneeling pad but I was wondering if there is some sort of thin mat that I could extend from under the seat back a couple of feet. I thought this might protect the boat from me grinding the dirt in when I brace with my feet. It needs to be thin, as my foot space under the seat is tight as I want to get it. Any ideas?