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Scotto’s Goodbye

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Blog, Clavey News, Team Clavey | 0 comments

Scotto’s Goodbye

By the time you read this I’ll probably be gone. Well not gone per se, just not really here at Clavey anymore. And not completely gone, but certainly more gone than here. Let’s call it 98% gone. Kinda like being mostly pregnant. There it is, by the time you read this I’ll be 98% pregnant. Maybe some back story would help. I can’t remember exactly just what year Jeff Kellogg and Tom Meckfessel bought Clavey River Equipment. I only remember it was 10 years after Van Halen had released their album 1984. I was a whitewater kayaker at the time...

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Sit On Top vs. Sit Inside Kayaks

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

Sit On Top vs. Sit Inside Kayaks

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...

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Mendocino SUP Getaway

Posted by on Mar 1, 2014 in Blog, Clavey News, Places | 0 comments

Mendocino SUP Getaway

I grew up going to Mendocino, at the very least, a couple of times a year. Mom and Dad would pack up the old Vista Cruiser and head up to the Seafoam Lodge for a weekend of abalone diving, bacon and eggs cooked on the beach, epic struggles in and out of 7mm neoprene and dinnertime feasts of whatever we could pull out of the sea. I loved those getaways when I was a kid and to this very weekend, I still do. Things have changed a little in the past fifty years (I think I may have just dated myself): I no longer dive for abs (mainly because the...

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Halibut Fishing in the North Bay

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Blog, Clavey News, Instructional | 1 comment

Halibut Fishing in the North Bay

Who wants to start thinking of Halibut in March? I do, I do! 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...

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Choosing Your First Stand Up Paddleboard

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Blog, Clavey News, Team Clavey | 0 comments

Choosing Your First Stand Up Paddleboard

••••• This article can also be read in the Summer 2013 issue of California Paddler. You can get a copy in the shop or read it online at calpaddlermag.com ••••• Choosing your first Stand Up Paddleboard – What to get? What to get? What to get? *Pre-article Factoids to Keep in Mind: Length of the board on the water equates to speed, speed becomes glide & inertia, glide & inertia mean you paddle less and go farther. Beam (or width) becomes drag, slowing you down and making you work harder. On the water, every inch in length is an...

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