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Tuolumne river days and nights, Part III: a night in the Log Jam

Posted by on Mar 1, 2011 in Blog, Places, Team Clavey | 0 comments

Tuolumne river days and nights, Part III: a night in the Log Jam

Some memorable times on the Tuolumne river–see the previous post to catch up on this story: My early days on the “T”, part II Part 3 A night in the jam The Rusty Sucker was back. But it barely made it through the logjam to hook up our train of rafts. The Sucker got about half way through the log jam before halting. From my perspective near the middle of the raft train, all I could see was Jethro and Ricky Bobby arguing, the iron rod alternating between clearing logs, pounding on the motor and being used in a threatening...

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The Basics of Buying a Recreational Kayak

Posted by on Feb 14, 2011 in Blog, Gear Reviews, Instructional | 1 comment

The Basics of Buying a Recreational Kayak

At Clavey Paddlesports we’ve sold one or two recreational kayaks over the years. As a result we’ve seen a whole spectrum of buyers. At one end was the guy who wanted a green kayak. Within fifteen minutes of telling me his one and only parameter for buying a boat, he drove out of the Clavey parking lot on his way to the Russian River with a new green kayak on his minivan. At the other end was the couple who came back to the store every four months mostly complaining that they hadn’t bought a boat for her the last time they...

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Sawyer Lights Wood Oars – Review

Posted by on Feb 1, 2011 in Blog, Gear Reviews | 2 comments

Sawyer Lights Wood Oars – Review

For over twelve years, I had been rowing a 14′ x 24″ cat with 9′ composite oars. Last summer, I decided it was time for something smaller, something a little more lively and playful. The choice was an AIRE 13′ x 19″ Wildcat with a set of 8′ Sawyer Lights Wood Oars. What a difference wood makes! Well OK, the Wildcat, another story, is a big part of the difference, of course. The Sawyer Lights, though, are a total surprise! After so many years away from rowing wood oars, I’m happy to be back. These oars...

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The Clavey Half Box, Dry Box – Review

Posted by on Jan 18, 2011 in Blog, Gear Reviews | 0 comments

The Clavey Half Box, Dry Box – Review

For most of my guiding career I rowed 18’ Avon Spirits with slant board frames. We would pile coolers and rocket boxes on the front deck and then cover them with a myriad of dry bags containing everything from cast iron fry pans to black bags full of melons. In the rowers compartment we would hang water jugs and propane tanks. The rear was loaded with so many black bags I could not see over my shoulder. Everything was tied down with 1⁄2” hoopie and once loaded resembled the family truck heading out of the dust bowl in the Grapes of Wrath....

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Pearson Arrow Laird 11’ SUP – Not your father’s Stand Up Paddle Board

Posted by on Dec 28, 2010 in Blog, Gear Reviews | 1 comment

Pearson Arrow Laird 11’ SUP – Not your father’s Stand Up Paddle Board

Choosing a SUP has become a daunting task for the consumer and, as a dealer, choosing which lines to carry in the shop is becoming a royal pain in the butt. It seems like anyone with a bit of money can go overseas, get a line of boards made for them and start a SUP company. We get calls on a weekly basis from different reps pushing new lines of boards. Prices are all over the map and trying to figure out exactly what you’re getting, as far construction is concerned, is difficult to say the least. We have been pretty happy paddling and selling...

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