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Author Archives: Keith Reinemann

Top 5 Extra Essentials for Winter Paddling

Winter is one of my favorite times of the year for paddling-the air is crisp and clean and there is always free and ample parking!  But paddling in cold temperatures definitely raises the level of risk, and means that an extra level of preparation is required. Most paddlers would be familiar with the ‘5 Essentials … Continue reading »

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Trip Report: Five Islands to The Cuckolds Light, Sheepscot Bay, ME

Trip Details Five Islands to The Cuckolds Light, Sheepscot Bay, ME Date: Sun. November 11, 2013 Launch: Five Islands, Georgetown, ME at 11am Return:  Five Islands, Georgetown, ME at 4:30pm Total Distance: 11.3 miles Weather and Ocean Conditions: Water Temperature: 42F Air Temperature: 45F Avg. Wind Speed: 10-15mph Small Craft Advisory 3-5ft Swell Visibility: Approx 8 miles Good Eats: … Continue reading »

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Trip Report: West Passage Lights

Trip Deets West Passage, Jamestown, RI Date: Sun. November 3, 2013 Launch: Ft. Getty, Jamestown, RI at 11:00am Return:  Ft. Getty, Jamestown, RI at  4:30pm Total Distance: 9.5miles Weather and Ocean Conditions: Temperature: 45F Avg. Wind Speed: 15-20 knots; gusts of 25 Visibility: 10 miles The fall is one of my favorite times to sea kayak, and this … Continue reading »

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Where’s the Whitewater? Understanding Whitewater Resources

For good or ill, New England’s rivers aren’t what they once were.  Once the heart of the Industrial Revolution, rivers powered early industry and towns and cities were founded on their banks.  This led to tremendous economic growth and prosperity, while at the same time changing the character of our rivers forever. Most, if not … Continue reading »

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Understanding Kayak Outfitting

With so many different makes and models of kayaks out there, it follows that there are just as many types of outfitting.  Outfitting is one of the key factors affecting the performance and usability of any kayak.  Properly fitted, outfitting allows the efficient transfer of energy from the paddler to the boat, via the paddle … Continue reading »

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Plastic Fantastic-Choosing a Whitewater Kayak

Anyone interested in getting into whitewater kayaking faces a daunting challenge-which boat is right for you?  With all of the different makes, models, shapes and colors, it’s tough to know where to start. There are three questions that I ask anyone who comes into my shop interested in purchasing a whitewater boat: 1)      Where will … Continue reading »

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Bridging the Gap (and Running it Too!)

Anyone that grew up with a big, extended family knows the triumphs and challenges that families, and communities, encounter.  There are the firsts and the lasts, and everything in between.  As with all of the places one can find water, one can find someone on it in a little boat.  Fresh or salt, fast or … Continue reading »

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Exciting New Whitewater Paddling Gear for 2013!

Spring is in the air here at The Outfitters Shop at Zoar Outdoor.  We can’t smell the flowers just yet, but we know what time of year with all of the new whitewater gear hitting the shelves! The 2013 paddling season is primed to be a great one thanks to this assortment of new whitewater … Continue reading »

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