Navigation Tools

From: Dennis C
Sent on: Friday, January 25, 2013 3:49 PM

Audra asked about what is really important to have for basic kayak navigation and where to get it.  I think the essentials are a chart of the area you are going to (ideally something that can be folded to a small enough size to fit on your deck at 1:40,000 scale or so), a waterproof chart holder that can be clipped in place, a compass (best if it's useful both as a steering and bearing compass), a set of tide and current tables, and a watch.  This is enough for day trips where you can navigate by line of sight.  For longer and more complex trips, add a set of binoculars (small 8X30 waterproof) and a GPS (handheld color mapping if possible).  The dividers and parallel rules we have been using are important for trip planning, although a more compact set is a good addition to your nav setup.  As far as where to get this stuff,  I really like the guys at Northwest Outdoor Center on the west side of Lake Union.  Much of it is also available at the major marine stores or REI.  Let me know if you need more advice.


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