Figured I would pass on this piece of advice. Something to add to your “on water” repair kit: spare bungee cord. I would not have considered that before my experience a couple of weeks ago. I was paddling in fairly heavy surf. I got trashed in a wave pretty hard, to the point where my spare paddle on my back deck got torn off and broke the bungee holding to the deck.
The surf was too big to reliably hold the paddle in place on the front deck (it got pulled off when trying to launch through the surf) and so I had no place to carry my spare. I tried putting it in my hatch, but my play boat is short and the paddle splits would not fit into the hatches.
I had no real way to paddle back to my launch site without risking losing my spare paddle so I had to walk back
Adding some extra bungee and some need nose pliers to pull it through the fittings is something you should consider.
Sure there are probably some that find the front deck suitable for their spare, but I have never found this to be the case in big breaking waves