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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 […]

Replacing a Broken Hatch Rim – Part 4 (Gluing the new rim)

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

So you’ve finished removing the old rim and preparing the surface to accept the new rim.  Now it’s time to glue on the new rim.  I chose to use Sikaflex 221 as it is the adhesive that was originally used to attach the old rim and has the advantage of being removable should a future […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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