As a long-time sea kayaker, I'm very nervous about tethering myself to an AI. Suggestions people have made here are good. Unfortunately, there is probably little real (falling out tethered) experience in this area. There is little doubt that, if you fall out and do not hang on to your boat, it is going on w/o you very quickly!
Are there any other solutions to this potential problem other than tethering? I am thinking along the lines of having a throw rope (like used by whitewater kayakers) w/ one end attached to the boat and the bag containing the bulk of the rope tied to you. The rope would not actually be tied to you so, if you fell out, you would have to grab the rope as it unthreaded itself from the bag.
I'm not about to test this for you Keith,
but "theoretically" tying yourself off to the bow (or outer Aka) should turn the boat toward you or perhaps the wind, your drag will slow it VERY quickly, and because the leash is short, so you would not have far to go to pull yourself back to the boat. I wear it on my left wrist.
As a water rat, I'm not too concerned about being dragged to my death by a 5mph kayak.
Hopefully, I won't be dragged over razor sharp coral at the time, through a hammerhead breeding ground.
There are too many leashes and lines on my boat already so I hate to put on another one. But I guess I deserve the same respect as a $150 rod and reel. The only times I would tether would be for solo sailing or fishing in 3ft+ seas or transiting surf zones.
Or maybe hooking a marlin.
Next time I have a passenger on the tramps, I promise to toss her overboard, for the sake of science.