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How to Roll a Sea Kayak: Fun in the Sun & Waves!

2015-07-13 [BUMP FROM 7/13/08. Seems like only yesterday!] If you're gonna sea kayak you should learn to roll. If like I do you spend a summer playing around getting hot, say by biking, then come near the hot ending of summer I start to thirst for swimming and getting wet and some paddlework…

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How to Save the Canoe? (Why?)

2014-05-22 How to save the Canoe? ...Maybe 3-seaters about 16-ft long with a rudder could do the trick. Can be paddled solo and gives both solo and tandem setups easy control. To my mind kayaks are best for wind and waves, otherwise a canoe is best: the view, sociability, ergonomics, weight-for-size, cargo/people capacity, hauling and access, all seem better with canoes…

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Mississippi Record Race! --Students Try Brains Over Brawn

2014-05-15 I've been following and posting on my FB Page about a big adventure going on right now. But I better get it up over here, too. The MSU Outing Club has recently started doing more locally relevant action which has been very pleasing to me, and to Michigan, I daresay…

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26 Miles for Lucy! ...Hugh Heward Canoe Challenge 2014

2014-04-27 Lucy and I paddled the Hugh Heward Canoe Challenge yesterday with our pal John C. We did the Half Hugh -- 25 miles. The farthest-ever paddle for Lucy! 6 hours of paddling. It was John's longest paddle, too…

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Periscope for Sea Kayaking?

2014-04-07 Here's a thought... Would a periscope be useful for seakayakers? ...Or, doing something to get that function. I don't see any device being sold to give this function. Or plans for making such a thing…

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Messing About in Boats: Joy of Rowing Explained & More (Dec. '13)

2013-11-09 Dec. 2013 issue of "Messing About in Boats" arrived with brilliant article explaining rowing and oar shape, all keying off the goal of joy of motion. A simple presentation of a complex topic. Includes some cool science…

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Fixing a Hogged Canoe

2013-09-25 I have an old woodstrip pro-boat canoe that has acquired an inch of hogging due to hanging from ropes at each end, upside down, for decades. It's an old race boat, 18.5 feet long, 3 feet wide, built to code…

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The Demise of the Canoe -- Victory for Kayaks

2013-07-12 I've long wondered about the Demise of the Canoe in comparison to the Triumph of the Kayak. I note that with today's dominance of the kayak format in all types of paddling that we don't actually seem to have more people out on the water…

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Canoe S24O at Rose Lake

2013-05-06 The other day we were busy right up to darkness but the evening was so nice I decided I was going to go camping, by jove, anyway. My saying is "Events conspire." They conspire to stop me from doing a lotta things…

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Canoe Adventure Rig Set-up: Next Item ... "Dashboard"

2013-04-28 I've been long inculcated with the racing side of paddling fever. I love a stripped-down maximally lightweight fast boat. Well, I've come to see that there's more to a canoe than that. Like, if you go out for over an hour, it's nice to have a snack or a bev…

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