Ian Sherwood

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- Perspective -

A bad day in a kayak is better

than a good day in the office.

Dagger Blackwater 10.5 Kayak



A couple of years ago I brought an Overboard Kayak Deck bag (20L) which straps to the front rigging cord.  It’s good for storing kit which you want easy accessible . Such as food, drink , scotty bilge pump, rescue knife. Safety throwline

Werner Paddles

I’ve proved by experience that ultimate paddle performance is achieved when a paddle is properly fit to your body and your individual paddling style. The experts tell us without a good fit a paddler risks fatigue, injury, poor performance and an overall bad experience on the water.


Yak Kallista Legacy is an updated version of the original Kallista. The design has the same no-nonsense features including centre zip closure with adjustable waist belt, side and shoulder straps. The Kallista Legacy Buoyancy Aid also features a new small external pocket and an adjustable waist shock cord for added comfort and security.

The Yak Kallista Legacy can be used for a wide range of water sports including Kayaking, Canoeing and Sit on Top Kayaking. Factory fitted thigh straps on junior size to help prevent the buoyancy aids riding up.

Thule Kayak supports are pretty good for carrying kayaks on standard car roof bars. The Thule 520 kayak carrier can take two kayaks upright side by side.  A good supply of 2 m and 3 m cargo straps are an obvious necessity. I also have a great kayak lock - Very quick and easy to use.The rack guard is an ingeniously designed 4 metre steel security cable. It requires no padlock as you simply feed the cable through part of the load, pass the ball through the large loop and close the ball in the door of the car.  Rack Guard

Roof bars Touring Kayak Don’t leave  Home without  It. Paddle C-TUG Kayak Trolley

The C-Tug trolley is sturdy, stylish and simple to use. The C-Tug trolley attaches to your boat easily with the 8ft strap with cam-lock buckle and is suitable for use with Canoes, Kayaks and Sit On Tops. These come apart and store inside the kayak dry compartment

When I first had a sit-on kayak going bare foot and a summer t-shirt was all that was required to have a great day out on the water.  But as I got more adventurous with coastal trips having the right clothing became more essential. I’ve added to my collection almost every time I visit a kayak shop.  Sports Cagoule, helmet, GUL water sport shorts, water sport shoes.  My tip is to use a number of layers and remove as required.  A good waterproof top is essential if you go out on the Norfolk coast. 

YAK Buoyancy Aid Up the proverbial  creek without  a good one

GoPro HERO3+

A borrowed GoPro HERO3 camcorder and my own chest harness makes a great gadget to record a day out on the water. A waterproof housing case is a must. So is a good sized micro SD card - I find a 32Gb card will record a full days kayaking. Two batteries helps to not miss that great shoot.

Dry bags

I have a number of different size dry bags. From 1L to 30L. They are great for storing kit in the kayak dry compartment. Smaller ones are good for phone and camera.

Worth every penny  a great assist