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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 6:57 pm 
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I'd like to see pictures of groups of kayakers in the distance, to show which colors of kayak are more visible from a distance. It has been my experience that kayaks of some colors, like white and tan, tend to disappear, while colors such as orange and bright green are visible at long distance.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:37 pm 
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I had a Revo in papaya and now have a PA14 in the same color. The papaya does provide a lot of visibility on the water and you can increase that by wearing a bright colored PFD and mounting a safety flag. That being said, you cannot ever count on a motorboat looking for you....keep your head on a swivel and stay out of their way.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:48 pm 
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There is also reflective tape that is made for use on kayaks and a piece just above the waterline would also help with visibility. The flashing strobe on a 30" mast is something I would want for low light situations. Unfortunately anyone can buy and drive a powerboat and the average skill level of those out on the water leaves a great deal to be desired.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:15 am 
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I realize I never replied to this thread.

Thanks for all the input from everyone. I went with the seafoam in the end.

In support some of the other comments, I always run a flag with a light on top and wear a bright (not so bright anymore) yellow PFD. Also, I strongly agree that no matter how much effort you put into making yourself visible you still have to watch for idiots!

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