News and notices of the Sea Kayak Club WA



FOR SALE
Tahe Marine Wind 585, Lite; Skeg/rudder combination; 4 compartments inc forward day hatch; fast downwind V hull; suit experienced paddler; plenty of storage space; heavy duty sail; spraydeck inc. $2800. Contact Pel 0429 644 543.


FOR SALE
Mirage 530 Sea Kayak (kevlar) – Single 
Single kevlar with bow and day hatches, neoprene gaskets with fibreglass a cover for the stern hatch.  Bought new in 2009, used for two longer trips, the Anaconda Race, and infrequent local day paddles. Ideal for the lighter/ smaller paddler. Only 22kg, lighter than plastic sea kayaks of similar dimensions. Comes with spray deck (Hiko Sport).  In good condition, kept under cover within its own handmade cover (supplied with boat). Rudder in good working condition. The bow and day hatches need replacement covers as the originals have perished. https://www.mirageseakayaks.com.au/
Boat Stats:
Length – 5.3m
Width – 56cm
Weight – 22kg 
New (equiv): $3695
Sell: $2000 
Hiko Sport deck: Size C/75
In good second hand condition 
New (equiv): $155
Contact Yvonne on 0439 966 989.




TRANSIT THROUGH THE PORT OF FREMANTLE
The club appreciates the efforts of Roger Lloyd for giving us an answer from Fremantle Ports on transit of kayaks through the Fremantle Port. There is nothing in the department of Planning and Infrastructure WA Marine Act or port Authorities Regulations which prohibit small craft transiting port waters. There is a maximum speed of 8 knots in the harbour, and under the Port Authorities Regulations there is a 30 metre exclusion zone around all berths and ships at berth. We have a copy of this e-mail and are printing out copies for sea leaders to attach to their boat in the event of being challenged entry to the harbour.

AIR SWITCH FOR KAYAK
Tim Hale has a great suggestion for a new switch to replace those mechanical switches that suffer corrosion problems. Click here for the full article.


photo Tim Hale

TOWING PROCEDURES
As part of the ongoing upgrade of club safety procedures, Rod Coogan has drawn up a plan for who does what, when towing a paddler in distress. It's available as a PDF document from the Safety guidelines page


NEWSLETTERS
Andrew Munyard has reinstituted the WA Seakayaker, our Club Newsletter. Go to the Newsletter page for links to recent and past editions.


DO-IT-YOURSELF LOGBOOK

The Club has put together a do-it-yourself logbook kit, so that those paddlers who would like a logbook can easily make one. The instructions and files for printing are here.

Completed logbook

EXEMPTIONS FOR PADDLE CRAFT USERS
The WA Department of Transport, following meetings with CWA and other interested bodies, has exempted paddle craft users from carrying a PFD Level 100 and flares within 400m of shore (defined as any shore including an island and any rigid structure such as a jetty attached to and protruding from land), and has also exempted paddle craft users from carrying an anchor at all times. There is also an exemption from carrying a PFD Level 100 beyond 400 from shore as long as a PFD Level 50 is carried. The current legislative requirements are to remain to carry 2 hand-held flares or 2 parachute distress rockets AND 2 hand held orange smoke signals or 1 orange smoke canister, and a bailer (if not a self-draining craft) beyond 400m of shore, an EPIRB beyond 2nm and a radio beyond 5nm from shore.

EXTRACTION LINE
Rod Coogan explains how to make a useful extraction line for kayaking. Click here to view the full article.


ROUGH WATER PADDLING NOTES
Rod Coogan has put together some thoughts on paddling safely in rough water. Click here to view the full article.

AUTOMATIC BILGE PUMP
Malcolm Blanch has designed a bilge pump with an automatic switch that turns on when water is detected in the cockpit. He has written up the plans so that you can make one too. Click here for the full article.

POSITION-INDICATING & SIGNALLING EQUIPMENT
Sandy Robson attended the 2012 NSW Rock and Roll Sea Kayak Symposium which included a search and rescue workshop. As a result she has written a review of current position-indicating and signalling equipment which all sea kayakers would find very informative. Click here to read it.

 


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