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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Can You Sink a Kayak?

Kayaks are designed to float with their occupants and their gear above the water’s surface where they can enjoy the scenery and paddle merrily along their way.  However, as the picture below alludes, kayaks are certainly not impervious to sinking. The goal of this article is to examine what it takes to sink a kayak … Continue reading »

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A Kayaker’s Take on Outside Magazine’s “Most Influential Gear Ever” List

Outside Magazine recently completed an excellent project on their website that highlights what they believe to be the “Most Influential Gear Ever.” The slide show takes you on a journey through history to better appreciate when, where, how, and why some of our most revered outdoor recreation gear came to be. I feel that the … Continue reading »

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Wilderness Systems Aspire 105 Review

The Deets: Material: Polyethylene Class: Recreational Length: 10’6” Width: 29” Weight: 48 lbs Cockpit Size: 51.5 x 23.5 inches Capacity: 400 lbs Hatches/Bulkheads: Stern Only Rudder/Skeg: Skeg (rope operated) MSRP: $699 The Review: The upcoming 2013 paddling season will usher in a changing of the guard in the Wilderness System recreational lineup. The long-trusted Pamlico … Continue reading »

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Old Town Introduces New “Heron Jr” Kids Kayak

The Old Town Canoe Company just updated their website with their complete 2013 product line. Among the changes is an expansion of the recreational Heron lineup which now includes a kayak with the kids in mind: the Heron JR. The Deets: Material: Single Layer Polyethylene Class: Kids Recreational Length: 7’5” Width: 25” Weight: 29 lbs … Continue reading »

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RTM Ocean Duo Review

The Deets Length: 12′ 2″ Width: 34″ Depth: 13″ Weight: 64lbs Max. Capacity: 485lbs The Review A remarkable multi-person sit on top, the Ocean Duo by RTM Kayaks is designed to accommodate 1, 2, or 3 persons with an incredible maximum capacity of 485lbs! Strikingly similar in design to the Ocean Kayak Malibu Two, the … Continue reading »

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Photo of the Week: The Lucky Drums

The horseshoe, when nailed above a doorway with it’s points facing up, has long been considered a symbol of luck. I’ve been told that the shoe resembles a sort of catcher that collects the luck as it falls out of the sky. It seems as though these old oil drums have been collecting horseshoes for … Continue reading »

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Duct Tape Kayak: Upcoming Events Fall 2012

Duct Tape Kayak Fundraiser @ MIT Outing Club When: Thursday September 20th , 2012 from 8:00pm until 10:00pm Where: MIT Outing Club Office, Room W20-461 on the MIT Campus Directions: Follow these directions to navigate the maze that is MIT! The Duct Tape Kayak team will be on hand to show off their masterpiece … Continue reading »

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The $2 Waterproof Hard Case

Have you ever sought out an inexpensive alternative to a hard travel case? Dishing out $20 to $30 for an Otterbox or Pelican case can put a damper on your wallet especially if you only have plans to use it a couple times. I have recently discovered an inexpensive alternative to purchasing an Otterbox or … Continue reading »

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Seal Line Boundary Pack Review

My version of the ideal kayaker’s back pack would offer the waterproof peace-of-mind of a dry bag coupled with the load-carrying comfort of a traditional backpack. This is exactly what I discovered when I finally got my hands on The Boundary Pack! The Boundary Pack by Seal Line is a waterproof backpack that makes an … Continue reading »

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Welcome Aboard, Darren! is excited to announce the addition of Darren Jaeckel (pen name: “Toes”) to our team of instructors. Darren served on the instruction staff at Coastal Kayak Educators for four seasons during which time we became great friends! I still remember the day when he got his nickname “toes” for being a sort-of fashion trailblazer. … Continue reading »

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