Archive for September, 2011

Plastic Kayaks are NOT Indestructible

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Just a heads up for those of you who are new to kayaking and may have just purchased your first polyethylene plastic kayak – don’t drag your kayak to and from the water, and don’t get in your kayak on shore and then push yourself over sand and gravel to get your boat floating.  Whenever […]

The Honeymoon is Over

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

I just bought a new kayak a couple weeks ago.  I had it on the water 10 times including some paddling in 2-4 foot waves on Lake Michigan in just the first week.  I wasn’t really intending to buy a new kayak, but I was swept away and infatuated by her good looks and her […]

Retiring a Life Jacket

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

In over 20 years of canoeing and kayaking, I did something recently that I have never had to do before – I had to retire a life jacket from service due to equipment failure.  As I was getting my equipment ready before a class, I noticed the tear in the fabric around the neck.  I […]

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