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Volume of cargo area in a kayak

As noah says, there's no useful definition of an "average kayak". Different boats suit different purposes. You can't expect all of these boats to have similar capacity: (Image from ...
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What do I need to do to a tent that's been stored for a long time?

Putting it up in the garden sounds like a great idea, as it will let you check if: all parts are still there, everything is in working condition, you still know how to actually put it up. One ...
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Should you store a compass flat?

According to this site there are only a few things that can go wrong with your compass: Mechanically, it can become hard to read because of a cracked dome or contaminated fluid; it can leak, causing ...
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What do I need to do to a tent that's been stored for a long time?

Additionally to what April mentioned I would: Check if any of the plastic parts (if there are any) got brittle. If they did I would replace them (this should be easy if the tent is actually still ...
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Can oiling keep tools from rusting?

Ordinary vegetable oils of the type used for cooking will work but are not ideal. Over time they will gradually oxidise and may be colonised by bacteria, both of which can cause them to become acidic ...
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Volume of cargo area in a kayak

I think the problem with your question is defining what the "average" sit in kayak is. How do you average across the many types of sit in kayaks while still maintaining meaning to the number....
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Vaseline or Teflon grease near potable water?

Teflon is a brand name. The scientific name is Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Searching more I find there are food grade PTFE lubricants available. (Super Lube) Points making PTFE appropriate ...
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How to safely store a propane/butane/isobutane canister in a vehicle?

The background It took me a moment to find it, but an example of a car in which this happened can be seen here. If the fuel in the canister becomes sufficiently warm the pressure can rupture the ...
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How can I store skis in car without rust during ski season?

Never done this but let's answer from a physics perspective. The issue isn't the temperature - skis will rust slower in a cold environment, all else being equal. The issue is water and damp. A warm ...
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How can I keep a water-proof barrel dry for use in a canoe?

Always inspect the seal, the closing ring and the barrel lip when buying used barrels, some are pristine and other have been somewhat abused. In certain cases the seal might look good but, from ...
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How to deal with keeping a first aid kit inside a hot car?

Keeping things against the floor with insulation on top is often the best approach for keeping them cool. This could be under the front seats or in the spare wheel compartment, but many modern cars ...
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How to deal with keeping a first aid kit inside a hot car?

The two main tricks for storing things in a car in hot temperatures are, Try to keep the car as cool as possible, Park in the shade. Use a reflective windshield shade to reflect some of the heat ...
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How to safely store a propane/butane/isobutane canister in a vehicle?

I kept a spare in my trunk for two years in the southeastern US and I never had a problem (YMMV). This, like most things in life, is not perfectly safe. So you should decide if you really need to ...
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Volume of cargo area in a kayak

You can look up volumes by models (or you ought to be able to anyway) - see Toby's answer. However, I will give a different perspective from having done several multiday camping trips in a 17' sea ...
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Ratchet straps — Purpose of 15-inch loops

They are designed to be girth hitched to create attachment points for the S clips. NRS has a similar product but with different attachment style which shows the configuration well: It allows for semi-...
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Screen cover for boat inspection port

As the boat will be stored upside down (thus no water ingress - hopefully) and on wood, yes critter ingress is your main issue. We have mozzie nets on all our ports and hatches on our boat, and I ...
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How to safely store a propane/butane/isobutane canister in a vehicle?

Keeping it low down against the bottom of the car and insulated is best. The spare wheel well is ideal (and used when you get a can of tyre foam instead of a wheel; they have similar limits) or those ...
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Gear storage: what gear that can be safely stocked outside?

In addition to heat and humidity, my shed exposes my possessions to cold and damp, and worst of all to outdoor animals such as squirrels, which like to nest in large hollow things (filling them with ...
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What is the best way to store paddles?

Don't worry about padding anything. I worked as the outdoor equipment manager for St. John's Cathedral Boys' School. We had 120 kids in the school with a 3 week canoe trip at the end of each ...
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How to deal with keeping a first aid kit inside a hot car?

Consider splitting the kit. Put dressings, scissors, hemostat, tape ... in one for non perishables. I like using a fishing tackle box. Athletic tape, antiseptic powder, saline solution, and bar ...
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Paracord spool coming apart

I have sorted out a reel of paracord to which the same happened, as part of a group. If the string is still mostly on the core of the reel and not too mixed op at the open end you can put a stick ...
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How to store roe (fish eggs) at home in a refrigerator?

From what I have seen, you want to keep the eggs away from oxygen to keep them good so you should probably put a lid on the container. Unlike other baits that harden over time, salmon eggs get ...
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How to deal with keeping a first aid kit inside a hot car?

There are good answers regarding where to put it and how to best protect it. I'll add a few insights to those excellent answers. Separate the insensitive stuff from the sensitive stuff. Bandaids, ...
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How to store fresh dead bait shrimp for a short period of time?

Eat them. Nothing wrong with eating them. Shrimp are shrimp and there fine to eat as long as they are alive (or at least recently dead) when you start to cook them. I wouldn't want to cook shrimp ...
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What size dry bag is best for keeping and washing clothes?

I use a 20L dry sack for washing clothes. This has no issues at all and it stores clothes well if it's dried compleatly even in wet rainy hiking and camping situations. I put a tiny rubber spiky ball ...
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Polyethylene canoe storage in hot attic

While it is possible that the canoe can take the summer heat it is also likely it will deform. And as you are not sure of the plastic used, I would not take the risk. Storing it under the ceiling in ...
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Can a compass needle become de-magnetized over time?

According to the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, reversed polarity in compass needles is becoming a significant source of navigation error. The reason is the increasing range of magnetic fields in ...
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How can I keep a water-proof barrel dry for use in a canoe?

The shape of the ring matters. If someone has stepped on it it will be flatter on that part and won't pinch the lid to the barrel rim as tightly. Check that. If the seal rubber is old it gets rigid....
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Screen cover for boat inspection port

After considering the pros and cons of several solutions and desiring a solution with a life span of years, with low cost and easy to reuse, I created my own screen covers. Materials Two squares of ...
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How to store fresh dead bait shrimp for a short period of time?

I would just place them in a ziplock bag and freeze them until you go fishing again. It's worth point out that people going fishing with frozen bait, and I doubt it would smell. The single most ...
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