As we continue to travel around the world coaching sea kayaking, we meet to great paddlers and coaches that have put some serious thought behind the products they build. Steve Whetman is the man behind.
Short contact line for quick close contact rescue of one sea kayak by another sea kayak. Quick release cam buckle with toggle also provides length adjustment. The key is the stainless loop ring that takes the direct loading off of the quick release cam buckle. Color coded lines and two color coded carabiners for easy identification. Selection of snag-free carabiner styles available, all held in position by a retainer ring.
The Kong Mini D carabiners look small, but don't be fooled. These have a load rating of 600 KG, that's 1323.00 Lbs. Well balanced load rating for the system and it's purpose. You have other choices of Welsh aluminum carabineers and Stainless Steel carabineers.
Primary application is a very short quick "contact" towline from a deck line of the rescuer to the bow of the casualty, putting the bow just behind the hip position of the rescuer.
Second application is to enable a stabilized raft up by crossing the Contact Line over two boats and connecting to the outer deck lines of each boat, then adjusting it to be tight so as to prevent any chance of capsize.
- Top quality kayaking karabiner
- Wide gate opening with 6kN strength that fits over a paddle shaft
- Meets CE0120 standards
- Easily spotter red anodized aluminum finish
A great replacement for the factory NDK back band with the older hung bucket seat. Great support in the small of your lower back.
Designed to be used by sea kayak guides, leaders & coaches as a waist mounted towline. It has a main tow line of 14metres and also a second ultra short contact towline.
The main towline is 14m when fully deployed and the connector is stowed on the left hand belt loop. To use unzip the bag and unclip the connector and clip to the casualty boat. Make sure the bag is behind your waist and that the quick release belt is positioned in front to access in an emergency. Paddle away & the line will deploy out of the bag.
The 14metre towline is made of 19mm floating tape or 14 metre 7mm floating line connected back to a stainless ring & elastic webbing which is anchored to a central pivot point inside the bag by a small stainless ring. This ring connects directly to the main belt which is folded within the bag & continuous through the bag and out to be the waist belt.
The main tow can be reduced to a 7metre tow by threading the line through the casualty boat and back to the bag to clip onto the large stainless ring; by doing this the tow is kept balanced & all the tension directed back to the main pivot point & all tension passes through the elastic shock webbing. Have a watch of this Whetman video clip.
The Ultra Short second tow is a short length of webbing connected to the central pivot point inside the bag & it exits the bag underneath the bag out of a drain hole. To deploy simply unclip the right hand connector and attach to the casualty boat. There is no need to unzip the bag.
The bag contains two hard floats to give positive buoyancy if dropped in the water. The bag material is waterproof and so does not absorb water & become heavy. The size of the bag is generous to ensure ease of repacking the line. To repack slacken off the belt & rotate the bag to sit on your spray deck; it should now sit forward of your PFD. The top will naturally stay open. Paddle away from the line to straighten it out and trail it over your shoulder. Pull the line down from your shoulder into the bag.
The 50mm wide belt has a cam buckle release & toggle. There is a slider to allow adjustment of the buckle position to be set central to your waist.
practice makes perfect, to be proficient practice deploying the device & repacking on the water.
Sea Guide Tow: Floating line with webbing end option.
Sea Guide Tow: All webbing option.
Sea Guide Tow: All Line option (left side of picture). The line is sewn back on it's self, then rigging taped.
This screw gate Kong Carabiner is a nice safety addition to your sea kayaking kit. Can even be used in conjunction with your waist mounted two system to insure the gate does not open when you least expect it. Rated for 22 Kn CE approved, anodized aluminum, Made in Italy.
The smooth gate less likely to snag on deck lines, and screw quickly with the spin of your fingers.