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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Duct Tape Kayak – Build Day 1

Our first build day started off bright and early at the wood shop of our kayaking instructor friend Ross MacVicar (a professional chainsaw carver http://www.rossmacvicar.com/) who graciously offered his help with some milling. We realized while ordering the specialty PVC fittings that we could save a lot of money by customizing some of the more … Continue reading »

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Duct Tape Kayak – The Design

Today we held our first “meeting of the minds” in an attempt to bring our idea of a duct tape kayak to a more tangible and achievable design. As you could imagine there are a lot of questions to answer when designing a duct tape kayak. Looming large were questions like “What is the hull … Continue reading »

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The Duct Tape Kayak Project

Kayak Dave’s is excited to announce the launch of our Duct Tape Kayak Project. This summer we‘ll be designing, constructing, and showcasing a duct tape kayak at local events for charity. Follow the build on KayakDave.com and check back for our schedule of events and donation opportunities in the weeks ahead!

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Evolution of Werner Paddle’s Adjustable Ferrule Design

Over the years, Werner Paddles has been extending the gap between themselves and the rest of the paddle manufacturers in the market. Although their masterful blade shapeand superb craftsmanship have remained largely unchanged, it seems as though the design of their ferrules (the connection point of a two-piece paddle) are ever evolving. I recently had … Continue reading »

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Kayak Dave’s is now on Twitter!

On Twitter? Be sure to follow @KayakDaves for our latest updates on articles including trip reports, kayak reviews, gear reviews, and virtual instruction.

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Current Designs Vision 120 SP Review

Specifications: Model: Current Designs Vision 120 SP Material: Hybrid Composite (fiberglass/aramid fiber) Weight: 32lbs Length: 12’0″ Width: 23″ Class: Transitional/Light Touring Alex’s Take The Vision 120 SP provides a smooth and forgiving ride on the water while offering both maneuverability and considerable speed. One of the first features which surprised me when I first began … Continue reading »

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Wilderness Systems Piccolo Review (Best Kids Kayak)

The Deets: Material: Roto-molded Polyethylene Length: 13’6” Width: 20.5” Weight: 45lbs Cockpit Size: 31 x 15 inches Capacity: 175lbs Optional Rudder MSRP: $300-$500 Used The Review: Finding the right sized kayak for your child can be a challenging endeavor. One option is to simply stick them in an adult-sized kayak but this is ill-advised because … Continue reading »

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Five Epic MA Paddling Trips to Earn Your Stripes

People always give me strange looks when I provide my candid answer to the seemingly obvious (or maybe not so) question “where has your most epic paddling been?” Answer: Coastal Massachusetts. It’s true that I’ve paddled in some pretty amazing places from the kayaking Mecca of Downeast Maine to the wildly gorgeous coasts of Kenai … Continue reading »

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Father’s Day Rental Special at Billington Sea Kayak

Billington Sea Kayak in Plymouth, MA is offering a rental special for Father’s Day. All Dad’s will receive a free rental on Sunday June 16th, 2012! Rentals are on-location only and include life jacket and paddle. Check out the Billington Sea Kayak website for rental details and directions (use the website directions as GPS will … Continue reading »

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P&H Capella 163 Review

It was very early on in my kayaking career when I decided that it was time to upgrade from my heavy plastic clunker to a real sea kayak with some performance to it. So I marched right down to Billington Sea Kayak in Plymouth, MA where Doug took one look at me and shoved me … Continue reading »

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