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2017 Canoecopia Presentations

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

I will be giving the following presentations at Canoecopia 2017 held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin Friday through Sunday, March 10-12, 2017: Choosing Your First Kayak 5:30-6:15pm, Friday, March 10, 2017 9:30-10:15am, Saturday, March 11, 2017 Proper Care and Feeding of Your Boat/Board (Drop-in Clinic) 1-4pm, Saturday, March 11, 2017 Things I […]

Hang on to Your Kayak (End Toggles Part 3)

Monday, June 18th, 2012

I was conducting a private lesson recently on a relatively windy day.  The student was an intermediate level paddler working on improving rough water skills.  As part of the lesson, we practiced some assisted rescues.  As I was performing a rescue with my student in the water as the swimmer, I instructed him to keep […]

Everything You Need to Know About End Toggles (Part 2)

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

In a recent comment thread on Facebook, several kayakers expressed the view that they don’t like people carrying their kayaks by the end toggles because they felt it causes undue wear on the toggle cord.  I want to dispel this myth.  While there is  good reason to carry a kayak by holding onto the boat […]

Everything You Need To Know About End Toggles, But Never Knew to Ask (Part I)

Monday, April 16th, 2012

End toggles are those lowly and often overlooked features of your kayak that you use to lift and carry your kayak with the help of another person.  They go by many names: end toggles, carry toggles, carry handles, grab handles, end loops, and probably more that I’m currently forgetting.  They come in a variety of […]

Paddler’s Fall “To-Do” List

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

On a cold, rainy fall day at the end of the paddling season, here are a few things that a canoeist/kayaker can be thinking about. If you’ve worked on improving your skills all summer, perhaps it’s time to consider purchasing a dry suit to extend your season. If you prefer not to paddle in anything […]

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 […]

Fixing Indentations in Plastic Kayak Hulls

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

If you own a rotomolded polyethylene plastic kayak, you may very well have some dents in the bottom of your kayak hull.  The hull area under the cockpit is generally the broadest and flattest part of the kayak and therefore, the most prone to these kinds of deformities.  Luckily, most of these dents really have […]

Winter Canoe/Kayak Storage

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

I have a total of 19 boats stored in my garage over the winter , and my husband and I can still get both of our cars in the garage, as well.  We have an average 22′ x 22′ two-car garage with a small 8′ x 12′ tool shed in the yard where we store […]

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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