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Replacing a Broken Hatch Rim – Part 3 (Gelcoat Repair)

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Gel-coat repair may or may not be necessary when replacing a hatch rim depending on whether any damage was done to your kayak’s gelcoat when the old rim was removed.  You don’t have to fill in the screw holes with gelcoat after placing the fiberglass cloth and epoxy resin over the holes, but since I […]

Replacing a Broken Hatch Rim – Part 2 (Fiberglass Repair)

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

In Part 1 of this series, I explained the process of removing the old, cracked hatch rim in preparation for replacing it with a new rim.  In this post, I will explain how I completed the minor fiberglass repairs that were needed prior to attaching the new rim.  Before gluing the new rim into place, […]

Replacing a Broken Hatch Rim – Part 1 (Removing the Rim)

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Earlier this year, I purchased a used 2001 NDK Romany sea kayak.  The front hatch rim was cracked all the way through on both sides where screws had been placed to help hold the rim on the deck.    The holes that were drilled through the rim to accommodate the screws weaken the rim, so […]

Ballast in your Boat

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

It is not a new concept to suggest that ballast, fixed to the bottom keel-line of a kayak, can increase stability and performance.   I’ve watched several of my students and paddling companions in recent years reap the benefits of installing ballast in their own kayaks.  It seems to decrease the amount of “twitchiness” in the […]

Don’t Lose Your Tow Belt

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

I am of the opinion that tow belts are extremely important pieces of safety gear to carry with you on all trips.  I’ve used mine to tow paddlers who were getting fatigued and started falling farther and farther behind the group as well as to reunite a capsized kayaker with the kayak that got away […]

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 […]

Update on my leaky hatch rim

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Last August I purchased a P&H Capella 163 from Rutabaga in Madison during their end of season sale.  I got a really good deal on the boat.  I loved the color, and I was excited to have a more maneuverable boat to use for teaching.  Unfortunately, as I reported in a previous blog (“The Honeymoon […]

Reminiscing “Old School”

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

As I was doing a bit of tidying up in my office, I came across a stack of books that in paddle sports would be considered “ancient history”.  They are my collection of instructional paddling books published before 1980.  I have them listed below. My “Old School” Collection of Paddle Sport Books The All-Purpose Guide […]

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