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Sit On Top vs. Sit Inside Kayaks

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in Blog, Gear Reviews, Instructional | 0 comments

This article appeared in paddling.net which is a great resource for info on all things kayaking! Kayaks come in two basic styles. You got Sit-on-Top (SOT) kayaks and you’ve got Sit-Insides and both are available as singles or doubles. They also come as hard shells or as inflatables. Although there are some major differences between sit-inside and sit-on-top kayaks, they share many of the same parts. The top of the kayak is called the deck. The bottom is the hull. The front is the bow and the back is the stern. On top of the deck you’ll often have deck lines or bungees. At the stern of the kayak, you should find some grab loops and some kayaks have rudders. Rudders swivel side-to-side in the horizontal plane and are controlled by foot pedals. Skegs simple drops straight in the...

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Halibut Fishing in the North Bay

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Blog, Instructional | 0 comments

It’s an honest fact that Halibut are one of my favorite fish to catch (and not just because they taste so good). Halibut are solid fighters and when you finally get them to the kayak, well, that’s when the real fun starts. They have a real nice set of chompers and they love to snap at you sometimes when you’re trying to make the transition from the net or gaff to the game clip. And then, just when you think all is well on the home front, they can go ballistic out of nowhere and scare the bejesus out of you. Halibut meat is light and flaky and tends to cook fast. Keeping a close eye on the cooking process will enable you to make sure that you don’t overcook this delicate flesh. If you do, it’s still not...

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10 Reasons to SUP (Stand Up Paddle)

Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Instructional | 0 comments

1.  Fun – Stand up paddle boarding can only be described as great fun, especially for those people who love being on the water.  That’s why it’s the fastest growing sport on the planet. 2.  Anyone Can Do It – People of all ages are trying it, loving it and including stand up paddleboarding in their recreation and exercise routines.  Many surfers are converting to SUP surfing because they have the ability to catch more waves in a set, as well as offering a better view of incoming sets.       3. Easy – Learning how to stand up on, stabilize, and paddle a SUP in flat water is much easier than learning how to surf in waves.  (If you’ve ever tried surfing you know what I mean.)  Of course a lot of people progress to riding their...

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Uncle Owen, this R2 unit has a bad motivator!

Posted by on May 27, 2009 in Blog, Gear Reviews, Instructional | 0 comments

I’m a big fan of the R2. Two people, one small boat, lots of harmony (lots of swimming). Don’t get me wrong, I like to row. I like the sole responsibility of taking my boat through the rapids. I like the ability to carry more gear, beer and food than I can possibly need for my time on the water. I like being able to carry people who can’t boat and dogs that can’t swim. I like the feel of a floating ’74 Country Squire station wagon when I’m on any river for more than a day. But I also love the R2 and here’s why: I’ve got a 12 foot Avon Scout. I can roll that boat up, stuff it in a boat bag and take it anywhere in the world. I can get it on the water...

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