Water gear

Discussion in 'Survival Gear' started by cluckeyo, May 28, 2016.

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  1. cluckeyo

    cluckeyo Well-Known Member

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    What is the best gear for getting down the river? This is a new area for me. Canoe, fishing boat, kayak... which is better? What makes one better than another? I would need to carry a pack also, so there would have to be room for that. Any thoughts on this?
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  2. Arkane

    Arkane Master Survivalist

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    That would be very much dependant on what was happening.
    In lots of instances it may be deadly to use waterways
    I have a friend who go's as he calls it Sacking
    He has two heavy duty waxed canvas sacks he gets in one up to his armpits complete with braces and tightens it
    he puts his kit in the other with a tether and then just jumps in and drifts downstream!

    He thinks its fun, I think he is barking mad. No idea if it is just him or there are other nutters out there!
    I always remember it as a possible option but I think a very last option.
  3. Keith H.

    Keith H. Moderator Staff Member

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    If you are in crocodile waters, no type of boat is safe unless it is a very big one. I was 10 years in the Territory & whilst up there I got around in one of my two canoes. I was lucky to avoid a croc attack. Canoes are great for getting around in, easy to carry, easy to use, & great in shallow waters. You only need one paddle, but I recommend that you always carry a spare.
    Now I am using an 18th century design of boat, a little heavier than a canoe, but it carries a lot of gear & it is good in shallow waters. Very stable & easy to use. Again you only need one paddle.
    Another advantage of using a boat like mine or a canoe, is that you can use it as a shelter. Just drag it ashore & tip it on its side. Drape an oilcloth over it & peg it down.
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  4. zulu-X-treme

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    ...slightly off topic, but, I thought I would share a photo of my kayak fishing rig!!!

    There's also ample storage space as the kayak has a massive fishing hatch, perfect for storing a pack and/or camping gear. It's also been manufactured using polypropylene which mitigates the risk of cracks as in when using fibreglass.




  5. arctic bill

    arctic bill Master Survivalist

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    for me it has go to be a canoe, i used to go one one man canoes trips. in canada where i live you can go from one side of the county just about everywhere with the longest portage being 10 miles, that area is called grand potage by the way. I have a great canoes certified for white water https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royalex, it is a three seater and can carry 660 lbs of supplies and three people yet weight only 78 lbs. It cost more used than my car at the time . i know if i have my canoe and my bug out bag and a few other items i can survive just about anything, i can move, fish,hunt, and sleep under the canoe.
    so for me it got to be a canoes,
  6. arctic bill

    arctic bill Master Survivalist

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    canoe is the perfect survival vehicle

    further on about canoes , you can really go far in canoes, two canadians went from winnipeg canada , down to the mississippi , then out around texas, around mexico and central america , the up the orinoco river to the negro river and the crossed over to the amazon river and back down to the ocean . all in a canoe .
    It was crazy. It was unthinkable. It was the adventure of a lifetime. When Don and Dana Starkell left Winnipeg in a tiny three-seater canoe, they had no idea of the dangers that lay ahead.

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    so in conclusion the canoe is the perfect survival vehicle
  7. Morgan101

    Morgan101 Master Survivalist

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    I don't know a lot about boats or watercraft, but I would think the type you chose would be dependent on the type of water you expect to be in.

    I agree with Arctic Bill. My first choice would be a canoe, but that is what I am most experienced with, and would suit my purpose on inland waterways, and rivers. I don't have to worry about crocs like Keith does. I probably don't have to be to concerned about being swamped by larger boats.

    If you were in open water or near the coast, maybe even on a large lake; I would want something much more substantial.
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  8. TMT Tactical

    TMT Tactical The Great Lizard ! Staff Member

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    zulu-X-treme Thanks for the great pictures. Very nice rig.

    As you can imagine most of us Arizona (America) valley folks don't have much need for water crafts.
  9. zulu-X-treme

    zulu-X-treme Member

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    Certainly :)

    I'm a Kayak Fisherman (Indian Ocean - Nice and warm) so my rig fits my requirements for a stable, yet, rugged platform. When you are trying to land a big fish, it's critical that your fishing platform is stable with little to no chance of flipping. But, fair enough, as stated, it's not completely on topic ;)
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  10. TMT Tactical

    TMT Tactical The Great Lizard ! Staff Member

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    I liked your post and pictures and I think it is within the topic OP. With my fishing talents, I would be happy trying to land a small fish.
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