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Tethering

Postby labrat » Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:08 pm

In his thread about learning from the weekend (Main Forum) Artie mentions that he normally tethers everything. Others seem to do this too and with the amount of rods, nets, pliers tackle boxes etc etc some people must have a lot of strings attached.

Personally I've moved away from tethering everything as my paddle and rods leashes always seemed to tangle with each other and it bothered me what might happen if arms and legs got caught up with them in a capsize. My situation is different from most yak fishers in that I use a sit in and this means less storage space, therefore less gear. It also means that if I go over then I need to actively get out - I won't just fall off. I'm quite comfortable with the set up at present except that I don't even have my paddle leashed so it is always in mind that it must be kept track of no matter what.

So, for those with lots of tethered gear is there a way to avoid the tangles or does it just not happen? There must be some of you with SOTs that are loaded with heaps of stuff that have capsized and survived but have any of you had a problem with entanglement?
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Re: Tethering

Postby Marty75 » Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:12 pm

I've never capsized (unintentionally) but tether my gear just in case. I carry a safety knife strapped to my pfd for purely the entanglement factor.

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Re: Tethering

Postby GlenelgKiller » Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:33 pm

I only tether rods and paddle. Other accesories like knife and pliers i have attached floats to (like the ones boaties attach keys to). Sure they could float off but if im that inattentive i deserve to lose them! I also have a safety knife attached to the pfd just in case.
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Re: Tethering

Postby Ado » Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:11 pm

I tether Rods, brag mat and spare water to rear bungy.
Floating pliers, knife and modified net.
Camera in a dry bag (floats) around my neck with PLB.
Whistle and knife tethered to PFD.
Phone in dry bag in PFD with power bars.
Water in a bladder in the back of my PDF.
No paddle leash (I can chase my paddle with mirage drive).
All else safe below deck.

I'm considering tethering myself to the yak if offshore.
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Re: Tethering

Postby nad97 » Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:20 pm

Ado wrote:I'm considering tethering myself to the yak if offshore.

Should only need to do that if its windy.
I teather my rods all the time and paddle most the time. Last weekend the theathers saved my rods. I only ever have 2 rod on the deck at once and everything esle is in the hull.
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Re: Tethering

Postby Ado » Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:33 pm

nad97 wrote:Should only need to do that if its windy.

Agreed. That's what I had in mind.
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Re: Tethering

Postby dru » Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:53 pm

Day hatch holds phone, flares, spare lures and tackle, paddle float, bait. No tethers.

Lashed to the deck, or at least stowed under deck bungies, spare paddle, gaff, lip grips, water bottles.

Rods are locked in, in a Scotty triple system. This is not ideal because if I go turtle I'd like an easy route back up. Deck mount rod holders would be better, then the rods would need tethers.

Tether to my primary paddle. On my SIK, that's the only tether. On my SOT add in tethers to the rods.

So on my SIK, one tether only, my paddle.
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Re: Tethering

Postby Scott » Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:35 am

I have often thought of tethering myself to the yak when in adverse conditions instead of just tethering the paddle and hoping i remember to hang on to it. In my ignorance i can't really see how a surfboard style leg rope could get you in too much trouble when tethered to the front of the yak.
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Re: Tethering

Postby anselmo » Tue Sep 18, 2012 5:54 pm

Ado wrote:
nad97 wrote:Should only need to do that if its windy.

Agreed. That's what I had in mind.


Define "windy" ...
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Re: Tethering

Postby Ado » Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:03 pm

anselmo wrote:
Ado wrote:
nad97 wrote:Should only need to do that if its windy.

Agreed. That's what I had in mind.


Define "windy" ...


If your kayak can be blown away faster than you can swim.
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Re: Tethering

Postby anselmo » Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:05 pm

Ado wrote:
anselmo wrote:
Ado wrote:
"quote="nad97" Should only need to do that if its windy."

Agreed. That's what I had in mind.


Define "windy" ...


If your kayak can be blown away faster than you can swim.


so pretty much every day?
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Re: Tethering

Postby Ado » Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:29 pm

Pretty much every day outside. Pretty much no days on the lakes.
It's when the risk of not being tethered outweighs the risk of getting tangled up in the tether.
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Re: Tethering

Postby anselmo » Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:36 pm

Ado wrote:Pretty much every day outside.


Sorry Ado, yes that's what I meant
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Re: Tethering

Postby burnsie8495 » Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:27 pm

i agree, keep your work space clear and you'll have no dramas, another bonus your not gunna snag your self on a nice set of trebles :D
Personaly i keep most my gear in the hull as found the amount of leashes just got in the way, so keep your gear organised and leash anything up top that you dont want to lose.
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Re: Tethering

Postby kayakone » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:18 pm

Tether everything.

If you are entangled after a capsize...

http://www.google.com.au/imgres?hl=en&s ... 1,s:0,i:76


http://www.google.com.au/imgres?hl=en&s ... 3,s:0,i:82


Fingers will not go in, so it all must get better from here on.


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