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The Secret that makes the PakPod work.
1. PakPod as Deck Bag.
The PakPod provides 2.5 gallons (10 liters) of secure and convenient storage for all the gear you need to have available while under way. All the seams are welded and are quite waterproof, and the roll-top closure is both convenient and secure. The roll-top closure also makes a handy grip so you can carry the bag. The flat surface that normally rests against the deck makes the PakPod easy to carry without getting in the way of your legs. On the boat, the PakPod provides a convenient attachment for a boating compass. The PakPod is 17" long, 11" wide and 5" tall (43 x 28 x 12 cm).
2. PakPod as Backpack.
3. PakPod as Paddle Float (self rescue device).
A good Paddle Float is:
- Easy to deploy. The PakPod is secured on deck and can be released from the kayak with one hand by releasing two quick-release buckles. There is nothing to inflate, and there is no need to locate anything below deck.
- Secure. The PakPod stays firmly secured to the kayak until it has been secured to the paddle. It is never free floating, so it cannot blow away. You can secure the paddle to the PakPod with one hand while holding on to the kayak.
- Effective. Because of its semi-rigid structure and domed shape, the PakPod always maintains its volume and buoyancy. With over 20 pounds of displacement it makes an effective outrigger to stabilize the kayak while the paddler climbs back in. Some weight in the bag is actually good because it makes the PakPod act as a counterweight and stabilize the kayak in both directions.
The "secret" that gives the PakPod its unique function is that it is not attached directly to the kayak. Instead, a webbing harness with quick-release buckles is attached to the kayak's deck rigging. The harness stays in place when the PakPod is deployed, so it is easy to secure it again when the rescue is completed. Another key detail is that the female part of the buckle that secures the paddle is attached to a semi-rigid board under the PakPod. The paddler can close the buckle with one hand to secure the paddle. The following pictures illustrate how the system works:
Releasing first PakPod buckle from harness
Attaching paddle to PakPod, then releasing PakPod from harness
Attaching paddle behind cockpit to make stabilizing outrigger
Climbing back on board
Release PakPod from paddle
- and attache PakPod to the harness.
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