Sea Kayaking in Florida: 2nd Edition

Overview

This revised guide to a fast-growing water sport is for both novices and experienced kayakers. Whether you want to fish or just watch wildlife, sea kayaking offers new ways to enjoy Florida's hidden bays and open oceans. You'll find the latest information for a kayaking adventure: boats, camping, clothing, and gear, as well as an expanded list of boat liveries and outfitters. Learn about the birds, wildlife, and coastal vegetation you can expect to see as you paddle Florida's coasts. In this new edition you'll ...

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Overview

This revised guide to a fast-growing water sport is for both novices and experienced kayakers. Whether you want to fish or just watch wildlife, sea kayaking offers new ways to enjoy Florida's hidden bays and open oceans. You'll find the latest information for a kayaking adventure: boats, camping, clothing, and gear, as well as an expanded list of boat liveries and outfitters. Learn about the birds, wildlife, and coastal vegetation you can expect to see as you paddle Florida's coasts. In this new edition you'll find new maps and campsite guides to the Big Bend Sea Grasses Saltwater Paddling Trail, as well as an expanded trail itinerary allowing you to see even more of Florida's "nature coast." There are also additional tips, maps, and campsite locations for paddling the open water of the Everglades. Though the Everglades and the Big Bend are the two most important paddling areas of the state, the rest of the coastline is also described, highlighting Florida's history and geography.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561643226
  • Publisher: Pineapple Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 205
  • Sales rank: 1,474,459
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to First Edition viii
Introduction to Second Edition ix
Acknowledgment x
Color photo 86
Chapter 1 Boats 1
1. Shapes/Sizes 2
2. Materials 4
3. Rudders/Skegs 6
4. Cockpits/Wave Skis/Hatches/Bulkheads 8
5. Doubles/Singles 12
6. Sails/Parasails/Kites 14
7. Collapsibles 16
Chapter 2 Paddles 18
1. Materials 19
2. Length 20
3. Weight 21
4. Shape 21
5. Price 23
6. Drip Rings 23
7. Take-apart Paddles 24
Chapter 3 General Goodies and Safety Stuff 25
1. Skirts 25
2. Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) 27
3. Sponges/Pumps 28
4. Throws/Paddlefloats/Sea Socks/Hypothermia 29
5. Compass/Flares/Noisemakers 31
6. Binoculars 32
7. GPS Systems 33
8. Cell phones 34
9. Miscellaneous 34
Chapter 4 Clothes 36
1. Pile/Others 37
2. Wet/Drysuits 38
3. Footwear 39
4. Hats 42
5. Rain Gear 43
6. Sunglasses 44
7. Gloves 44
8. Tights 46
Chapter 5 Techniques 47
1. Getting in the Boat and Going 47
2. Paddling 51
3. Carrying 53
4. Safety 53
Chapter 6 Camping 59
1. Equipment 61
2. Packing 67
3. Miscellaneous Camping Hints 71
Chapter 7 Fishing 72
1. Gear 73
2. Critters to Catch 74
3. Fishing Rods 76
4. Nets 76
5. Traps 77
6. Bait 77
7. Information Resources 77
Chapter 8 Florida Geography: General Shape and Coastline 79
1. Regional Coastal Differences 79
St. Mary's River to Cape Canaveral 80
Cape Canaveral to Ft. Lauderdale 82
Ft. Lauderdale to Miami 82
Biscayne Bay National Park and the Florida Keys 82
Everglades National Park and Upper Florida Bay to Ft.Myers 83
Ft. Myers to Sarasota 83
Tampa Bay 84
St. Petersburg to Bayport 84
Bayport to the Suwannee River 84
Suwannee River to the Ochlockonee River 84
Ochlockonee River to St. Joseph Bay 85
St. Joseph Bay to Perdido Bay 86
Chapter 9 Weather Patterns and Tides 87
1. Weather Patterns 87
Winds 87
Rain 89
Heat/Cold 89
Waves 90
Waterspouts/Tornadoes and Hurricanes/Thunderstorms and Lightning 90
2. Tides 93
Low-energy Coasts/Inland 93
High-energy Coasts 95
Keys 95
Chapter 10 Coastal Critters for Enjoyment and Pain 96
1. Birds 96
2. Land Mammals 97
3. Marine Mammals 98
4. Snakes 99
5. Alligators/Crocodiles 100
6. Oysters 100
7. Jellyfish, Stingrays, Sea Urchins, Sharks 101
8. Bugs, Bugs, Bugs 102
9. Corals 104
Chapter 11 Coastal Vegetation of Note 106
1. Sea Grasses 106
2. Marsh Grasses 107
3. Mangroves 108
4. Sea Oats and Other Dune Vegetation 108
5. Dangerous Plants 109
6. Edibles 110
Chapter 12 Early Coastal History 112
1. Prehistoric 113
2. Historic 115
3. Modern 117
Chapter 13 Overnight Paddling Trips 119
1. Trip Planning 119
2. Intercoastal Waterways 123
3. Coastal Rivers 124
Chapter 14 Everglades National Park 126
1. Trip Planning 127
2. Permits and Park Information 128
3. Food and Gear 129
4. Weather and Tides 130
5. Friends Along the Way 131
6. My Everglades Trips 131
Trip 1. February 14-18, 1990 132
Trip 2. April 28-May 1, 1994 138
Trip 3 December 10-14, 1997 145
Chapter 15 Big Bend Sea Grasses Paddling Trail 150
1. St. Marks Lighthouse to Aucilla River 154
Site 0 St. Marks Lighthouse 154
Site 1 Pinhook River 156
Site 2 Aucilla River Boat Ramp 157
2. Econfina River to the Fenholloway River 158
Site 3 Econfina River Campground 158
Site 4 Rock Island 160
3. Spring Warrior to Sponge Point 161
Site 5 Spring Warrior Camp 161
Site 6 Keaton Beach 164
Site 7 Sponge Point 165
4. Dallus Creek to Steinhatchee 167
Site 8 Dallus Creek Campsite 167
Site 9+ Steinhatchee 169
5. Sink Creek to Butler Island 172
Site 10 Sink Creek 172
Site 11 Horseshoe Beach 173
Site 12 Butler island Campsite 175
6. Shired Island to Clark Island 175
Site 13 Shired Island Campground 175
Site 14 Salt Creek Ramp in Suwannee 177
Site 15 Clark Island 179
7. Clark Island to Kelly Creek 179
Site 16 Shell Mound 179
Site 17 Number Four Channel Bridge and the City of Cedar Key 179
Site 18 Kelly Creek Campsite 181
8. Turtle Creek to Yankeetown 181
Site 19 Turtle Creek Campsite 181
Site 20 Yankeetown Boat Ramp 183
Appendices 184
1. Constructing a Sea Kayak Seat Back 184
2. Paddle Suspension Rig 188
3. A List of Kayak Books 191
4. Kayak Camping List and Food Planning Chart 193
5. Boat Liveries, Outfitters, and Associations 195
6. Everglades National Park Campsite Map and Chart 199
Index 201
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