Sea kayaking gets you into places many other crafts can’t go. Dipping your paddles into the water in sea caves or along rocky shores are the advantages to sea kayaking. There are times when having a sponson, or outrigger, for your kayak adds to the stability of the craft. Open water crossings or paddling the open coast often brings large ocean swells, best handled with an outrigger. For adding quick outriggers to your sea kayak, keep some extra gear on your kayak to assemble an on-the-fly outrigger.
Things You’ll Need:
- Sea kayak
- Two extra paddles breakdown style
- Two paddle floats
- Deck bungee cords bow and aft
Inflate both paddle floats and clip the quick-clips to the front deck bungee to prevent them from being blown away or floating off.
Assemble the two spare paddles by connecting them to their full and open position. Make sure the blades are in the unfeathered position, meaning they are parallel to each other.
Slide the paddle floats onto one end of each spare paddle. Slide the non-paddle float side of one paddle into the front deck bungee, so the paddle float extends out and onto the water. Repeat this with the other spare paddle on the rear deck bungees.
Adjust the position of the paddle float enhanced spares so you have a full range of paddling from your cockpit. Make sure they do not impede your paddling ability in the cockpit.
Test the outrigger by leaning to the paddle float outrigger side and seeing how the kayak is supported.