Kayarchy - the sea kayaker's free online handbook

 

Kayarchy is all about sea kayaking

Welcome to Kayarchy, the big free handbook of sea kayaking

The kayak is far and away the best one-man boat in existence.” Fridtjof Nansen.

 

Classic sea kayak vs sit-on-top kayak

 

Kayarchy section summaries:


Introduction

Sea kayaking overview
Compared with other sports

About Kayarchy
Contributors
Get in touch
Metric measurements
Legal notice & privacy policy

Translation project:
— bilingual text
— international glossary

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Section 1 - Equipment:
Equipment checklists
The sea kayak
Other kayaks
Kayak accessories
The paddle
Clothing, personal buoyancy, tow-belt
Distress signals & rescue
Repair, storage & maintenance
Kayak bow  
     
Section 2 - Technique:
Paddling your sea kayak
Kayaking on fast-moving water
Kayaks & surf
Rolling your kayak
Rafting-up & towing
Deep-water rescue & self-rescue
Sea kayak navigation
Organising a day-trip
Overnight trips
Kayaking safely:
— Cold shock, swim failure & hypothermia
— Getting run over
— Hand/arm over-use syndromes

— Dislocated shoulder

— Rockfall & icefall

— Solo kayaking
Kayaker rolling  
     
Section 3 - The Sea & The Weather:
Wind
Waves
Tides
Currents
Predicting the weather
Professional weather forecasts
Maritime weathercock  
     
Section 4 - Access & Environment:

Access to the water
Protecting the environment
Codes of practice
Coastal & sea creatures

European otter  
     
Section 5 - Activities:
Courses & holidays in the UK
Courses & holidays elsewhere
Tours, treks, races & raids
Meetings & symposia
Maritime festivals
Kayakers waving  
     
Section 6 - Kayarchy Shopping:

Gifts
Kayak shops

Sea kayaks to fit adults
Sea kayaks to fit children
Surf kayaks
Fast touring kayaks
Sea kayak kits and plans
Online yacht chandlers (fittings, rope and paint)
Materials for SOF (skin-on-frame) boats

Gemma in kayak kit  
 
Section 7 - Links to Other Websites
 
Section 8 - Table of Contents and Index
 
Section 9 - articles about kayaking and nature
Articles:  

1.

Sailing canoes in 1895.
From Dixon Kemp's "A Manual of Yacht and Boat Sailing"

2.

Skin-on-frame boats.
SOF kayaks, canoes, curraghs and more; light, fast and fun to build.

3.

More articles to follow ... when I have time. In the meantime, if you'd like to see the first few pages of a forthcoming detailed Technical Article about Skin-on-Frame Construction, you're welcome - click here.
   
Reviews:  
1. "Sea Kayaking Guide - Brittany - 60 paddles" (2013)
- detailed guidebook by Véronique Olivier and Guy Lecointre.

2.

More reviews to follow ... when I have time

 

 

 

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