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Safety first. Wear a life jacket on any body of water, but especially on the rough waters of the Hudson. A standard vest will work, but consider one specifically for paddling that has less padding around the shoulders. OUR PICK: ASTRAL YTV, ASTRALDESIGNS.COM
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SUN PROTECTION P
Beware of the sun in all seasons. season Not only does it come from ab above but it can burn you when it bounces off the water.
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Traditional canoes work great, but new paddlers are often more comfortable in more stable kayaks, some even use spray skirts to stay dry in waves. OUR PICK: • FIRST BOAT: OLD TOWN DISCOVERY 169, • BOATER: WENONAH 17, WENONAH.COM • FOXWORX GUIDE PADDLE, FOXWORXPADDLE.COM
Check the rules in your local lo body of water. water Depending on boat boa length and location, loca some municipalities mun require paddlers to bring brin whistles, radios, radio or even signal sig flags. OUR PICK: WEST MARINE MAR VHF75 FLOATING FL HANDHELD HANDH RADIO, O, WESTMARINE.COM WESTM S CO M
DRY BAG CLOTHING
Wear gear that will dry quickly when it does inevitably get wet. Wear sandals or neoprene booties, depending on weather. Keep rain gear close, including rain pants, in case the water splashes or rain falls.
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Long canoeing trips are like any kind of trek: The degree of fun is directly proportional to the quality of preparation. Bring the right gear and you’ll have a great time, regardless of conditions.