Hope I’m not beating a dead horse here …
I think it’s clear that you are from the majority of responses so far. That, or only those that are against what you propose feel strongly enough to respond.
… but I am truly interested in how fellow paddlers view the “Leave no Trace” ethics. Are they applicable to our travel or were they created by others, for others and suitable only for mountain and inland environments?
It is my view that they apply to anyone, anywhere that hasn’t yet been spoiled by civilization and overpopulation. This means even a tiny little beach with difficult access, or a little rocky island you stop on for lunch.
There are 7 principles to ensure that our passing is not memorialized in any way. https://lnt.org/learn/seven-principles-overview Principle #4 is ”Leave What You Find” and it specifically says “Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.”
Are these principles reasonable for Kayaking travel?
Bring it with you if you need it to be safe and reasonably comfortable. Bring it HOME when you’re done, or if you were using natural materials to build something temporary then remove it and return it to roughly the place you found it before leaving.
Do we adopt some and ignore others as it suits our travel?
No. Why are you trying to pick and choose what’s convenient for you?
Folks seem to agree that creating multiple fire rings is not OK but finding structures that make our stay more convenient may be welcomed. Does that mean that we should remove all traces of fire rings that we find above the high tide line but leave (and appreciate) structures and furniture that suit our needs?
I have removed many fire pits in careless and destructive places. I have also dismantled “camp craft” creations and scattered the wood far across the forest floor. The only place I have fires is in the designated area on established and maintained camp sites, and only on very rare occasions at that. I reserve the right to have an “emergency warming fire” any time, anywhere; but the need has yet to arise.
I know that people have forgotten how to socialize with each other in the outdoors without the aid of a massively wasteful, raging inferno of a bonfire and fueled by excessive amounts of alcohol, but that doesn’t mean I give my blessing.
It probably isn’t a coincidence that when I’ve spent time naturalizing an area, I also end up lugging a bunch of someone else’s garbage with me for the rest of a trip. It makes me ashamed to be part of the group called “human”.