After the kayak and the paddle and a proper fitting PFD, what are the next several things someone should be buying to facilitate a more comfortable and safe touring kayak experience?
Based off of needing one already and not having it, I know I want a river knife and probably a paddle float since I can’t roll yet and have only marginal reentry experience so far and a deck bag for more comfortable access to important stuff without having to contort myself and blindly fiddle around with the day hatch behind me. And possibly a leash because of how paranoid I am of losing my paddle. Ive never actually seen a person use one though. Ever. Mainly for “capsized and stuck on rocks while your paddle floats away” moments.
And I’d like to add an electric bilge pump as a comfort feature to streamline the unpleasant parts of being unexpectedly in the water. I have researched how and with what to do them and it doesnt seem that expensive or difficult. Im paddling a 16ft Zephyr for reference.
Anything else Im leaving out would greatly help.