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Monthly Archives: January 2013

NRS Toaster Mitts Review

Overview: “NRS Toaster Mitts are the warmest paddling ‘glove’ on the water. Its mitten-style design lets your fingers snuggle together for warmth while its pre-curved shape and grippy palm let you grip your paddle with comfort and confidence.” – NRS The Deets: Materials: 3.5mm neoprene back with 2.5mm neoprene palm Design: Mitt-type glove with extended … Continue reading »

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The World’s Longest Kayak!!!

L.L Bean and Point65 Kayaks recently teamed up to build the world’s longest kayak in celebration of L.L Bean’s 100th Anniversary! The 100-person kayak stretched over 400ft long. It was constructed by combining 100 mid-sections of the modular Point65 Tequila Tandem sit-on-top. The event attracted paddlers from first-timers to seasoned veterans who somehow were able … Continue reading »

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Captain Hank Interviewed by Fox 45 News

Our very own Captain Hank recently highlighted some of his paddling adventures in an interview with WRGT-TV (Fox 45) News in Dayton, OH. The interview  helped to promote The Adventure Speaker Series at Five Rivers Metro Park in Dayton; an organization committed to conservation, recreation, and environmental education. Captain Hank has been invited to speak … Continue reading »

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Duct Tape Kayak 2013 – Build Day 1

The Duct Tape Kayak Team hit the ground running in 2013. We learned a lot from our experience with last seasons “experimental” duct tape kayak and there is plenty of room for design improvements. This year, we decided to get a jump-start on the re-design and attempt to have the new and improved duct … Continue reading »

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Teaching the roll in 5 minutes or less

One of our paddling club’s members avows he can teach anyone to roll within five minutes. Over the years, I have witnessed his instruction and cannot dispute the claim.  His step-by-step approach is shown in this captioned photo album: Step-by-Step Roll Instruction . The initial result (within the five minutes) is an extended paddle roll. … Continue reading »

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New 2013 Duct Tape Kayak Photo Album on our Facebook Page!!

The Duct Tape Kayak team is hard at work and positioned a little ahead of the curve this year with construction of the 2013 kayak in full swing! Like last year, we plan to provide regular updates on our progress and events through blog posts. However, one big (and exciting) change for this season is … Continue reading »

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Birthday Paddle on Billington Sea!

“Indian Summer” hit New England just in time this year to provide me with a proper 27th birthday paddle! A solid sheet of ice had covered Billington Sea for the past few weeks but a thick morning fog announced that its breakup was just around the corner. Sure enough, by the afternoon the quagmire ice … Continue reading »

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Paddle with those better than you

In Len Deighton’s “The Ipcress File” (one of his earliest and best novels), there’s an account of a German factory that imports workers from Africa. Working alongside their established counterparts, the immigrants learn quickly and perform very well. Encouraged by this, the company builds another factory in the African village that was the source of … Continue reading »

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Epic snow-assisted seal launches (VIDEO)

The winter snow may bum many cabin dwellers out. Snowed in, cold, and left with nothing but a slippy walkway and a long day of shoveling out ahead. At we look at snow storms as just another opportunity to hit the water in a creative and unorthodox way. Check out our very own Captain Hank take … Continue reading »

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PETZL Tactikka Plus Headlamp Review

The Deets Style: Universal Lighting Modes: 4-lighting modes (maximum, optimum, economic and strobe) Color Options: White flood beam with red flip filter Weight: 2.75 oz. including batteries Max. battery life: 150 hours Max. light quality: 35 lumens Watertightness: Water resistant   Overview “The TACTIKKA PLUS is designed for users who practice activities such as hunting, … Continue reading »

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