I knew I wanted to include the kayak in the majority of the shots. I also - more loosely - planned on including myself in some of the shots for a direct human element. I visualized shots of me in the kayak, with me remotely triggering the camera, and possible shots of me off the shore completely. The reality of the shoot was a bit of a compromise, but I liked it.
I also prepped my kayak the night before, so I could basically grab-n-go, everything I needed already in the kayak and the kayak itself on the dolly. Losing 5 or 10 minutes fumbling around in the morning could cost me the sunrise.