Bought my first sea kayak today along with paddle, pfd, and skirt. I patronized a local shop as I believe it’s important to get good advise and buy good stuff rather than trying to save a dime buying online. I believe in the old adage “buy cheap, buy twice.” That’s the minimum I need but I’m wondering what little stuff I might want.
I forgot to ask about a hand pump. That’s something I’d buy online as it’s only a $20-30 item but I’d want one someone recommeded as being reliable… Think I need one? Any recommendations?
I don’t have a backup paddle. I wouldn’t worry about it when practing in the local pond and I won’t be in more open water without joining a group and I bet few people would have an extra. I’m wondering how critical it is to have my own, I saw $20 paddles at Ocean State Job Lot, two-piece AL shaft and plastic blade. I’d be embarrassed to walk around with one except would it make a difference having a super cheapie for aback up?
I’m thinking a waterproof box with some first aid stuff would be easy to put together.
Anything else I should consider?
(Clothing, wetsuits, etc. is a whole another topic I’d address separately.)