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What are the pros and cons of various boating storage solutions for kayaks, canoes or small boats?

Pros and Cons of Cases in the Water

The pros and cons of various types of protective gear for the extreme sport enthusiast:

Pelican Cases
Pros:
1. Waterproof (no really, they float)
2. Durable
3. Gear is protected by custom fit foam.
4. Small and easy to store
Cons:
1. Can be difficult to remove to catch a call or take a quick picture.

The Aquapac Camera Case
Pros:
1) Easy to open and close for quick equipment access.
2) You can actually use a camera or view data on a cell phone, PDA or GPS.
3) Waterproof (no really, it floats!)
4) Small and easy to store.
Cons:
1) Not a durable case, like the pelican, so you may want to add additional padding, although padding will reduce visibility in the bag.

Dry Bag
Pros:
1) Waterproof (No really, it floats!)
2) Durable
3) Gear is protected by custom fit foam.
4) Small and easy to store.
Cons:
1) Difficult to open and remove camera quickly.
2) Larger than both the Aquapac and the Pelican.

   
What is a good way to organize my cables?

Protecting Cords in Marine Environments

Marine environments can be really tough on many adhesives or bonding compounds. For a temporary yet reliable means to secure cables, cord, tubing and similar items, VELCRO® One Wrap® brand self-gripping wire organizers are an excellent solution. These clever back-to-back fasteners are easy to adjust, easy to remove, and the velcro closure is unaffected by salt or other marine conditions.

   
How can I store things safely on my boat or kayak?

Marine Storage

If you own a boat or like to sail, you may find that some of your boating accessories like binoculars, compasses or even your day travel items like cameras and wallets get wet, corroded or out and out ruined.

You need to consider all of your water tight storage options to protect your gear from the elements. After all, there is little that is more corrosive than salt water!

Pelican marine cases may offer you the best option for marine storage. Not only are they watertight and unbreakable, you can secure them to almost any kind of boat, so it won't go tumbling around if you get into rough waters. The cases are even small enough to fit on some kayaks so you can bring on a cell phone and a wallet without concern.

You need the security of knowing that your communication methods are working and secure whether you are a day sailor or a seasoned man or woman of the sea. Make sure you pick the right marine storage.

   
How can I protect cables?

Protecting Cords in Marine Environments

You spent a lot of money to have the pleasure of a boat - or you spent a lot of money on a boat as a business investment. Salt air and seawater are major sources of corrosion and damage to all kinds of equipment, but especially to anything made of metal. Protect important cables, lines and cords with heat shrink tubing made especially to protect against the rigors of marine environments.

   
Do they make water resistant faceplates?

Aquatic AV Solutions

One conundrum in marine cabling and wiring is finding water resistant faceplates for data and fiber optic cabling.

There are three popular options out on the market today including the Nokia 8920, the Panduit Mini-Com and the Blue Sea WeatherDeck. These three options represent a range of price points and features. You will likely need something like a panduit water resistant faceplate if you want to set up a stereo or video system on your boat.

After all, salt water is corrosive and in case of a storm, you don't want all of your marine cabling ruined.

   
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