Archive for the 'Kayaks' Category

Introducing Kids to Paddling

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Now that I’m a grandma, I’ve been thinking about how I’m going to teach my new granddaughter to paddle in a few years.  I had a chance to do this many years ago when my son and my nieces were little, but it seems like it’s even more important nowadays to get kids outside and […]

Paddling is for Everyone

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

I was just at Canoecopia in Madison, Wisconsin, this past weekend.  As always, there were tons of great presentations on a wide variety of subjects relating to canoeing and kayaking.  I attended one seminar on “adaptive paddling” which is a term used to describe that group of paddlers who need to make some type of […]

Fun is Just Around the Corner!

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

It’s still a little cold for most people to be paddling in Wisconsin since most of the water is still frozen.  But it won’t be long now.  Temperatures going above freezing and the shrinking snow piles incite almost terminal cases of spring fever.  The only real cure for paddlers is the coming of warmer air […]

What’s so special about “sit-on-tops”?

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Here is the long-awaited fourth video in my series on the differences between  recreational, whitewater, and sea kayaks.  This video covers the characteristics of “sit-on-top” kayaks which can be designed for recreational use, whitewater paddling, and sea kayaking.  So if you are looking to get started in kayaking, you still need to understand the differences […]

More Sad Reminders

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

I was going to work on the fourth video in my series on different types of kayaks, but as I was doing my usual check of blogs and Facebook this morning, it became clear that this might be the time to give another reminder about the dangers of paddling in cold water.  Dick Silberman’s blog […]

Characteristics of Whitewater Kayaks

Monday, January 31st, 2011

As part of my series in helping new paddlers learn about the different types of kayaks, I have just published another video blog.  This video talks about some of the basic characteristics that separate whitewater kayaks from recreational and sea/touring kayaks.  Here in southeast Wisconsin, we don’t have much in the way of nearby whitewater […]

What’s Different About a Sea Kayak?

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Last week I posted a video on the characteristics of recreational kayaks that set them apart from sea kayaks and whitewater kayaks.  Today, I’m posting the second video installment which will talk about sea/touring kayaks and how they differ from other types of kayaks.  Yet to come are videos on whitewater kayaks and sit-on-top kayaks.  […]

Know the Differences Between Kayak Types

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

It’s getting to be the time of year when those who are planning to buy a kayak for the 2011 paddling season need to be doing research for their upcoming purchases.  Laacke & Joys usually starts having kayak sales during the Milwaukee Boat Show in January, and Canoecopia will be coming up in Madison on […]

Please Label Your Stuff

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

The U.S. Coast Guard is asking boaters (including kayakers) to take the time to label their boats, paddles, life jackets, etc. with their names and contact information in order to avoid initiating expensive and time-consuming search and rescue efforts when there isn’t actually a person missing. When someone finds a kayak or other piece of […]

Fall Maintenance for Canoes and Kayaks

Monday, September 27th, 2010

As I promised in my blog on “Repair Kits for Kayaking”, I am going to spend a little time talking about the routine maintenance that you should be doing on your canoes and/or kayaks.  Fall is officially here and most paddlers in the upper half of North America will soon be putting their boats into […]

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