Inland Sea Kayakers monthly meetings provide educational and informative topics for club members and visitors. Katie Katzner, Program Director, puts together these meetings, arranging for time, space, appropriate topics and presenters.
Last night, Christopher gave a talk on “What’s in your day hatch”. A show-and-tell style presentation of what he brings in his kayak provided attendees a good visual and hands on experience of the gear he totes around. Although he predicated the talk that his selection has evolved over time, it was evident the selection was well thought out and contained the most modern equipment available. It was a well presented topic with many good take-aways. The main one being: be prepared for any eventuality.
What is the “day hatch”? The day hatch is the smallest compartment in your kayak; located directly behind the cockpit and having an offset opening, it provides easy access to it’s contents while seated and on the water.
One of the biggest lessons I learned from Shawna Franklin still is: “Your day hatch is one of the most valuable pieces of equipment”. That’s where we pull our magic from while on the water: spare hatch cover, spare clothes, signal equipment, food, water… stuff you can easily dig out and use without having to stop; address the situation NOW!!!.
Be judicious about the gear you put in your day hatch: maintain the ability to rummage around with one hand, identify the piece of equipment you want to use and pull it out with ease.
Use the rest of the space to stow the extra gear you may need when you land: Spare clothes, shelter, sleeping pads, etc. These items can’t be applied for anything practical while on the water, but are still critical to comfort and survival.
For a more comprehensive review of suggested equipment to bring on an extended day trip, read What’s In Your Kit?