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Phone on your Kayak #13229129 07/29/19 08:52 PM
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I am wondering what everyone is using to protect their phone with while on your kayak. I would like something that is waterproof and floats if dropped in the water or when you dump your kayak. Ideally, you would still be able to use your phone without having to take it out of the case, because what is the purpose in having the case if you take it out of it when still on the water. I would only be using the phone for checking the time, taking the occasional picture and responding to a text if needed, not checking social media and phone calls. The best thing I can think of is a phone pouch with a floating wrist strap. Thanks for the help and tight lines everyone.

Re: Phone on your Kayak [Re: bbankhead2] #13229137 07/29/19 08:55 PM
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i have a Small Waterproof case that I can put my wallet my Phone and my keys. Then I connect it to my Kayak. If I dump It stay dry and connected. Plus it floats if I forget to connect it.


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Re: Phone on your Kayak [Re: bbankhead2] #13229197 07/29/19 09:36 PM
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I have a protective case but thats it. Stuff it in my pfd and go. Might be risky but i dont want floats and leashes all over the place.


Re: Phone on your Kayak [Re: bbankhead2] #13229240 07/29/19 10:23 PM
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My phone is "waterproof" so it will probably be OK after a few seconds in the water. My yak is not prone to turtling and I tend to stay off rough water. So, my biggest fear is dropping it overboard and watching it drop to the bottom like a rock.

I bought a cheap case off of Amazon and tested a few different keychain floats to attach to the case with a short section of paracord. To date, I have not found a small float that will keep the phone from sinking. So, for the time being, I leash my phone to the rail of my yak. This is the only leash on my yak and I'm keeping my eye out for a small float that will keep the phone at the surface.

Re: Phone on your Kayak [Re: bbankhead2] #13229247 07/29/19 10:26 PM
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I went toobing on the Comal recently and they had a "dry bag" style phone and personal items case that i purchased. I still need to rig up some way to make it float, but it is a bit smaller than a tablet and is water proof and can take pictures through the bag. Ill check the bag brand in a few minutes when i head back outside as its in my back seat. Used it today on the kayak and it worked well!!! I bought it at Felgers in New Braunfels but i am sure once i get the brand yall can find them anywhere.

Re: Phone on your Kayak [Re: bbankhead2] #13229487 07/30/19 01:36 AM
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I have a phone case that is a dry bag with lanyard.
I keep it around my neck so I can still take pictures.




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Re: Phone on your Kayak [Re: bbankhead2] #13229548 07/30/19 02:10 AM
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Ziploc with a piece of pool noodle inside. Or sometimes a Ziploc and then into a waterproof hatch.


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Re: Phone on your Kayak [Re: bbankhead2] #13229648 07/30/19 03:56 AM
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Gallon ziplock with a few folded paper towels in it. Towels catch any water drip off your hands. Don’t want your phone in a sealed up plastic bag with a water off your fingers rolling around in it. Towels also ensure some air remains in the bag for floatation.

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I found a water proof bag, that will hang around your neck, and it even still lets you touch the screen
I figure i would like to have my phone attached to me if someone would need to find me if i was incapacitated ( I.e Find my iphone)
I wear the strap around my neck, and tuck the phone/case into my life jacket.
in a pinch i can take an OK picture with it, while still being safe in the bage

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I have always kept my phone in the pocket of my PFD zipped up. Last Friday I forgot to zip up the pocket. I leaned over to attached my anchor to my anchor trolley and plop then went my phone right in the bay. Thank the lord for insurance! I do use my phone while fishing some mainly for the Navionics and Google Earth apps. Since my phone is waterproof I wanted some way to leash it so I went with this to help keep this from happening again.

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^^^this

Life Poof case, then in top left pocket of PFD.
Another good reason to always wear a PFD.


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Originally Posted by Jerry713
I have always kept my phone in the pocket of my PFD zipped up. Last Friday I forgot to zip up the pocket. I leaned over to attached my anchor to my anchor trolley and plop then went my phone right in the bay. Thank the lord for insurance! I do use my phone while fishing some mainly for the Navionics and Google Earth apps. Since my phone is waterproof I wanted some way to leash it so I went with this to help keep this from happening again.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075S18ZFZ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Ugh, sorry man! That is the exact scenario that I am concerned about.

I like the holder that you found on Amazon. You can ditch the thick strap and attach a paracord to cut down on bulk.

I'm not a fan of leashes... but I leash my phone to avoid exactly what happened to you. I attach mine to the H-Rail with about 4' of cord and keep the phone (and stuff the cord) in the mesh pocket next to the seat.

One of these days I will find a small float that works. Until then, I suck it up and leash

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It's all good. Fortunately I had insurance and everything backed up so didn't lose anything that I couldn't retrieve sept for text messages but that's no biggie.

You should invent a phone case with a small air chamber that is inflatable. It wouldn't take much air to float a phone. I'd buy it. Maybe a flat piece of foam the same size of your phone attached to the back with velcro? Just thinking out loud.


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Re: Phone on your Kayak [Re: bbankhead2] #13230047 07/30/19 03:45 PM
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That's not a bad idea. I might try it.

I thought a large key-chain float would work. I attached a small wrench that is the same weight as my phone and tried three different floats. I even tried a large crankbait. They all sunk like a rock!

The actual floating cases and phone floats on Amazon are all too large for my taste.

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Bought a waterproof and supposedly floats one at Academy. Lanyard around my neck. Phone stuffed into the pocket of my PFD. I've also thought about getting a cheap Tracfone. Think basic service is pretty inexpensive, and if I lose that one, oh well.


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