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  • Do not store large amounts of gear on the deck, even if the items are secured properly. Items mounted on the deck raise the boat’s center of gravity.
  • Leave plenty of room so that your legs can enter the cockpit easily.
  • Fill empty interior spaces with inflatable air bags. These help keep your gear from shifting and provide extra buoyancy if the kayak is swamped. Don’t overinflate bags on a cool morning—the bags expand as the temperature increases.
How to load kayak gear