Archive for the 'Kayaks' Category

Review of the “Paddling Partner” Stability System

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

My friend and former student, Carl Vopal, inventor of the Paddling Partner Stability System, gave me one of the units to try out.  I installed it in the day hatch of a Current Designs Sirocco that I use for my introductory sea kayaking classes. I have been very pleased with the quality of the system […]

Learning From Experience (even if it is someone else’s)

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

I often find myself cautioning people not to use recreational kayaks on Lake Michigan, to be very respectful of the power of wind and waves on large bodies of water, and to take seriously the threat of immersion in cold water.  Recent events have brought home the reasons why I continue to give these warnings. […]

10 Things to Consider When Purchasing a Tandem Kayak

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Are you thinking about getting a tandem kayak?  I would caution you to consider this option very carefully if this is going to be your first kayak.  While tandems do have their place, in most cases I don’t think that they are the best option when you are first getting into the sport.  Here are […]

Essential Gear for Recreational Kayaking

Friday, May 7th, 2010

I know that I tend to focus mostly on gear for sea kayakers in many of my posts.  Partly that is because I do a lot of sea kayaking myself, and partly because there is a lot of gear used by sea kayakers.  Recreational paddlers often get overlooked when it comes to gear discussions.  I […]

What about an inflatable kayak?

Monday, April 26th, 2010

In the spring, an aspiring kayaker’s thoughts turn to getting a kayak.  A question that I am often asked, frequently by women, is what do I think about inflatable kayaks?  Many people looking to get into the sport think an inflatable addresses some of the concerns that they have in regards to lifting, transporting, and […]

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