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The Escape Kayak

Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on March 6, 2019 at 1:15 PM


This Kayak was produced by Mainstream in 2004 and it was their camouflage "Patriot" model. I think its since been discontinued so I'm giving information from memory as I couldn't find reliable information on the net. But that strategy of going waterborne to escape is the point here, not really the Kayak. It boasted a length of 11ft long. It had a cargo capacity of close to 400lbs and i used every bit of it, but always left some to spare for scavenging. It included one watertight bulkhead (that usually leaked at the divider wall with the seat) with a rubber lid, It was a flat bottomed touring kayak that I could take into the open waters of the Chesapeake Bay or hit the coastal marshes and vanish in reed grass with water as shallow as 4 inches with the kayak totally loaded. It was common to get 30 miles a day from this craft. It ran super stable and super quiet with its flat bottom. The stealth factor of this craft cannot be overstated. It was amazing. This flat bottom touring design also allowed for the stability its cargo capacity as well. In the marshes it was common for me to be able to stand up in this craft given its stability and my short stature.

The first mods were just simple items lashed on the front and rear deck with bungee cords. It was soon apparent that for this to be a true escape craft that could go the diatnce that Id need more cargo ability that was more convenient to use where ever I might find myself.  Whether hiding out in a marsh or cutting across open water. The cargo generally consisted of food, water stores, a small rucksack, camouflage netting, fishing/trapping kit, and basic repair kit like silicone sealant and mesh screening.



Early on after much trial and error I decided to add a deck mount. This mount was made from an old ALICE rucksack frame. The original deck racked included a bread rack I found in a dumpster. I simply used hose clamps to attach it to the ALICE frame and used bolts and screws with very large washers to attach the frame to the deck.. I also added a rear rack of sorts. This was made from the leg to a fold out Army Hospital medical cot. The cot broke so I simply cut off the curved aluminum leg and shoved in the holes that were already there for fishing rods. It also change camo patterns a few times because I wasn't satisfied with the pattern it came with. I also mounted a compass in the cup holder that was located between the leg on the seat. This eventually shattered in the blazing hot sun out on the water.However this compass was super handy and conveniently placed

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Later the final version was a monster of a craft. I removed the bread rack and added a simple camo zipper pouch from a British rucksack. I also added navigation lights and a "headlight" made from a army flashlight. I learned fast that fishing and crabbing boats out on the bay don't really watch where they're going in the darkness of the morning-which was when I would generally cast off to avoid the heat of midday. I also added a milk-create I found in the trash. This fit snug wedge under the lip of the front deck and it sat right where I needed it. This was filling with critical items i may need. Inadvertently this milk-create also added a firmness to the hull and the kayak glided better on the water. Carrying enough water was always a priority to in addition to the 4 canteens on the beck I usually has a few inside the the milk-create as well.

The Milk-creat on an early mod version. The pads on the ore kept the sound down when creeping around. It dulled the thud when the ore struck the hull.



So thats the Escape Kayak in a nut shell. The Escape Kayak did not make it to Alaska with me. I did not fancy going 5000 miles across the frozen Yukon with that strapped to the top of my jeep. Sadly I should have and could have. I do plan to get another one this summer and hit Prince Williams Sound with as much enthusiasm as I did the Chesapeake bay. However I have 5 years of solid experience skimming around the bays and marshes unseen formulating and escape plan just like I do here with my Spider Web Strategy.. Finding food was super easy there just as it will be here. Water is probably the best resource anyone can have if you can secure your place in the post collapse world.




Ivarr..




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9 Comments

Reply Ivarr Bergmann
12:54 PM on March 30, 2019 
Broadsword says...
I have a Coleman Scanoe currently. It gets along pretty well and extremely quiet with a small electric motor, although I consider the motor a luxury item and would never depend on it. I'm leaning towards a Kayak due to the bulk and weight of the canoe. It doesn't ride well on the roof of my soft top Wrangler especially on windy days. It's a pain to load and unload and get it to the water quietly with just one person. I think the single man kayak is the way to go. I have a difficult time finding anyone to train with who takes things seriously so I'm usually on my own. I figure if someone wanted to train with me in the future and they have the mindset then they won't mind securing their own gear like a kayak and a rifle and a belt kit and a rucksack and a patrol pack and a shelter and ammo and food and...and....and...?..

I feel like the kayak would open up a lot of training areas even at a lake. It wouldn't take long to disappear if you roll up to the launching point just after dark. I think some night vision would be a game changer in that situation as well as some others. I've been looking into a monocular that won't kill my wallet. I've heard some decent reports on the Armasight Spark Core. $500. I won't get to much into it here. NV might need its own thread.

Broadsword


Finding ppl to train with is like finding unicorn poo inside the pot full of gold at the end of the rainbow and having to kill the leprican because he's aggressive OPFOR.. .. Ive given up but will extend an invitation in a future page here. I simply cannot be the only one. And yes most ppl treat training like a camping trip with 0 discipline and focus. Mention a creep with face-paint and its over before it started.

NV would be excellent on a Kayak... Anything that helps but is not high maintenance of a liability type luxury I think would be OK. I have nothing against luxury items like a electric of gas engine so long as you're willing to lose it, understanding from the start that its temporary for a planned purpose and can function when its gone. Usually funds keep me in the manual type locomotion realm so Ive never considered any type of engine because I know my limps work..
Reply Ivarr Bergmann
12:44 PM on March 30, 2019 
Apollo26 says...
Awesome craft I thought about doing a escape kayak myself when I moved to the big city for work as my home area is about 60 miles away by a river but got a family now maybe a canoe could work


Im surprised how underutilized waterborne escape is. Or at least ppl are not talking about it, but I doubt that's the case. If I had a fam Id definitely go for the canoe and maybe a small trolling engine as well..
Reply Broadsword
10:41 PM on March 28, 2019 
I have a Coleman Scanoe currently. It gets along pretty well and extremely quiet with a small electric motor, although I consider the motor a luxury item and would never depend on it. I'm leaning towards a Kayak due to the bulk and weight of the canoe. It doesn't ride well on the roof of my soft top Wrangler especially on windy days. It's a pain to load and unload and get it to the water quietly with just one person. I think the single man kayak is the way to go. I have a difficult time finding anyone to train with who takes things seriously so I'm usually on my own. I figure if someone wanted to train with me in the future and they have the mindset then they won't mind securing their own gear like a kayak and a rifle and a belt kit and a rucksack and a patrol pack and a shelter and ammo and food and...and....and...?..

I feel like the kayak would open up a lot of training areas even at a lake. It wouldn't take long to disappear if you roll up to the launching point just after dark. I think some night vision would be a game changer in that situation as well as some others. I've been looking into a monocular that won't kill my wallet. I've heard some decent reports on the Armasight Spark Core. $500. I won't get to much into it here. NV might need its own thread.

Broadsword
Reply Ivarr Bergmann
9:37 AM on March 22, 2019 
Highland Hitter says...
I really love this idea. The kayak is efficient,quiet and can deliver you and a considerable amount of gear. Now that you say it the Chesapeake is a good place to go and try it out more.


The bay is a good TA.. Though any large body will suffice so long as its not a lake with limited areas to escape to. But a lake would make a good TA
Reply Highland Hitter
2:27 AM on March 22, 2019 
I really love this idea. The kayak is efficient,quiet and can deliver you and a considerable amount of gear. Now that you say it the Chesapeake is a good place to go and try it out more.
Reply Ivarr Bergmann
9:59 PM on March 6, 2019 
Kriegshund says...
Thanks for the write up and the inspiration Ivarr! Looking forward to decking out my Escape kayak


Be sure to take baby steps. Loading a kayak can be dangerous ....

and YW..

Ivarr
Reply Kriegshund
9:17 PM on March 6, 2019 
Thanks for the write up and the inspiration Ivarr! Looking forward to decking out my Escape kayak
Reply Ivarr Bergmann
3:49 PM on March 6, 2019 
Apollo26 says...
Awesome craft I thought about doing a escape kayak myself when I moved to the big city for work as my home area is about 60 miles away by a river but got a family now maybe a canoe could work


I had a canoe too. It was thelast craft in the waterborne tasking. Ill edit and add pics of it later..
Reply Apollo26
3:43 PM on March 6, 2019 
Awesome craft I thought about doing a escape kayak myself when I moved to the big city for work as my home area is about 60 miles away by a river but got a family now maybe a canoe could work