Most sea kayakers go with the “clean deck” theory. If you have no stuff on your deck, your kayak’s center of gravity is lower and it is easier to conduct rescues. However, deck bags can put some important gear right at your fingertips and I do use them on occasion. It is nice to have your camera, extra food and emergency gear right there in front of you. Over the years, I have used a couple of deck bags and here is what I have found…
|Sitka Kayak Deck Bag|
|Fold-down map holder|
My favorite deck bag is made by Sitka. It is nylon and not completely waterproof, but is has a nice low profile and holders for water bottles on the side. It is a bit floppy looking, but I love the built-in map holder which folds down to give you a closer look. I keep my camera in a small dry bag anyway, so the fact that it isn’t completely waterproof really does not matter.
|Seattle Sports Deck Bag|
|This Deck Bag has a high profile|
My other dry bag is made by Seattle Sports. It has a built-in plastic frame so it looks very clean and professional. It also has a clear plastic window so you can see what is in it. This one holds more gear, but does create a big profile on top of the kayak. I only use this one for extended trips or when I am paddling a kayak with no day hatch.
So if you want your sunscreen, camera and other gear easily accessible, consider a deck bag for your kayak.
See you on the water,