Water Sports

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How to Choose a Kayak Dolly or Cart

If you have a heavy kayak it sometimes be a challenge to get it from your vehicle to your favorite paddling place. Here's how to make the job easier, with a kayak cart or dolly.

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Perspectives on Kayaking From a Noobie: Gear, Efficiency, Safety

In my limited experience with kayaking, I learned more than I realized about gear, safety, and fitness, and thought I'd share it with you.

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Kayaking in Venice, Florida

Venice offers a lot of places for your outdoor enjoyment. If you are looking for the best places to kayak or use stand up boards on fresh water, look no further than Red Lake.

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Best Places to Snorkel Coral Reefs in Florida

But where, really, are the best spots to snorkel in the Florida Keys?

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The Best Backpack for Boaters

A simple guide to selecting the best, most affordable backpack for your style of boating. This backpack is tough and cheap and will protect your valuables from water.

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How to Repair or Sew a Wetsuit Tear

Just because you have a hole in your wetsuit doesn't mean you need to go and replace it. See how I fixed my wetsuit at home.

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The SereneLife Inflatable Paddleboard: A Review

I had a satisfactory experience on an inflatable paddleboard.

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Building a Cedar-Strip Solo Canoe: The Perils and Pitfalls

My experience building a Northwest Passage solo cedar-strip canoe.

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Is the Clear Kayak Tour in Florida Really Worth It?

An honest review of my personal experience with Get Up and Go Kayaking tour at Rock Springs in Kelly Park.

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Fun and Exciting Adventures in West Virginia's New River Gorge

The New River Gorge, WV is home to zip lines, whitewater rafting, and the iconic New River Gorge Bridge. It’s a great vacation destination for families and friends.

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Sea Kayaking in Crete

Where to go and what you should see while having an adventure of a lifetime in Crete!

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500 Names for Houseboats, Fishing Boats, and Sailboats

Are you looking for the perfect name for your houseboat, fishing boat, or sailboat? Look no further. Here are 500 creative names to choose from.

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How to Make a Bent-Frame Cane-Woven Canoe Seat

Cane woven canoe seats are attractive and not too difficult to make.

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Kayaking in Michigan

Endless lakes, rivers, dams, and ponds make Michigan a kayaker's paradise. This article features kayaks for sportsmen, adventurers, and lovers of leisure.

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How to Make Foot Braces for a Wooden Kayak or Canoe

Making wooden foot braces for a cedar-strip canoe or kayak.

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What Is the Best Way to Retrieve Your Boat Anchor?

Oh no, is your anchor stuck? Here's the best (and safest) ways to try to free it.

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Kayaking Solo

Kayaking alone might require a little more effort than going with a group, but it can be quite fun and rewarding. Learn how to kayak solo safely and smartly.

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Yamaha Jetski Starting Solenoid

Here is an in-depth yet easy-to-follow description of the starting solenoid used on most Yamaha jet ski starting systems.

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Storing a Catalina 27 for Great Lakes Winters

Storing a Catalina 27 sailboat for a long winter on the Great Lakes can be an expensive proposition. We found an inexpensive solution that every practical sailor can appreciate.

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250+ Best Boat Names of All Time

Did you ever think naming a boat could be so difficult? Now it doesn’t have to be! Take a look at some of the best boat names on the net, right here!

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Unique and Sophisticated Names for Your Boat

Erudite, obtuse and unique names befitting the enigmatic boat owner.

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Family White Water Rafting in West Virginia

Ride nature’s best roller coaster by braving the rapids in the New River. Children as young as 9 years of age may take to Class V rapids in an oar raft.

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An Unexpected Multi-Day Boundary Waters Canoe Trip

This is my journal from part of a longer Minnesota adventure that didn't quite go according to plan, when my backcountry travel buddy and I decided to canoe through the Boundary Waters rather than backpack the overgrown, hard-to-follow Border Route Trail.

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Simple Starter Replacement for Yamaha Bombardier XL700 Jetski

Do you think the starter has gone out on your jet ski? No worries. It's easy to replace.

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Hawaii: Snorkeling Anyone? A Guide to Your Safe and Fun Underwater Adventure

Snorkeling is one of the top must-do things in Hawaii. Here are some helpful tips and suggestions for all snorkelers – to ensure a safe and fun underwater experience!

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Tips on Buying a Kayak for Fishing

What the City of Allen Field Team looks for when buying our next kayak for fishing!

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Outfitting a Boat for Cruising

The equipment you select for a cruising sailboat should be items which will keep you safe and comfortable. Here are a few items we want on our sailboat.

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Kayaking Supplies for the Beginner

This list includes some of the most important items to consider investing in after you purchase your kayak. It will assist you in sorting out all of the many items available for kayaks.

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Which Is the Best Boat Hull Material?

When thinking of purchasing a boat, the first thing to think about is the hull material. Fiberglass, wood, steel, aluminum or ferro-cement, all have pros and cons. Here is what we have decided.

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Kayaking Safety Equipment

As kayaking grows in popularity, so do injuries and drownings related to this activity. So be prepared and paddle safe, utilizing proper safety equipment.

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Crowdfunding a Sailing Adventure

If you're ready to quit your job and buy a sailboat, find out how these four sailing entrepreneurs are making it work through crowdfunding.

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Troubleshoot the Yamaha XL700 Starting System

Simple steps to troubleshoot the starting system on a Yamaha jet ski.

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400+ Cool and Unique Boat Name Ideas

Now that you've finally achieved your dream of owning a boat, the next crucial step before exploring the ultimate freedom of the seas is to give it a name. Here is a list of over 400 cool and classy names for your spanking new vessel.

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10 Middle Tennessee Rivers You Want to Kayak, With Launch Site Information and Maps

Tennessee has a lot of rivers and humid summers, making it no surprise that kayaking, canoeing, and tubing nearby rivers is quickly becoming a popular past time of state residents.

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Kayaking the Anclote River Park: Holiday, Florida

Yet another fascinating kayaking destination is the Anclote River Park located in Hudson, Florida. Coastal mangroves, sleepy inlets, and amazing wildlife abound here on Florida's Gulf Coast.

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Canoe Flotation Chambers

One of the things I fear is having my canoe sink or scuttle if I ever capsize. So, as an extra measure of caution I decided to add floatation chambers to the bow and stern. *corrected calculations

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Duck River Kayak Trip: Normandy Dam to Three Forks

Tennessee's Duck River, from Normandy Dam to Three Forks Bridge, offers good fishing, beautiful scenery and swift-flowing water .

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Building a Cedar Strip Canoe, the Details: Applying a Graphite Bottom Coating

A black graphite bottom is an attactive, durable and functional addition to a canoe.

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Kayaking the Cotee River in the James E. Grey Preserve: New Port Richey, Florida

The Cotee River and the James E. Grey Preserve are located on the Great Florida Birding Trail in New Port Richey and offer a scenic and relaxing kayak experience.

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Building a Cedar-Strip Kayak: The Basics

A practical account, with photos, of how I built a cedar-strip kayak.

Spirit 120 Kayak by Future Beach: A Great Choice for a Beginner Kayak

I hadn't thought of kayaking until my sons introduced me to it. When I decided to buy my own kayak, this 10-foot sit-on-top kayak from Future Beach turned out to be perfect.

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How to Strap a Kayak to a SoftTop Jeep for Transport

My dream of owning a Jeep Wrangler came true a few years ago. My dream of owning a kayak came true more recently. This is how I solved the dilemma getting the kayak to water on my soft top Jeep.

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Building a Cedar Strip Kayak: The Details: Exterior Fiberglass and Planking the Deck

Once you have completed all of the sanding and caressing of wood in the lower part of the hull it is time to apply the fiberglass and epoxy

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10 Things You Must Have on Your Boat

There are a few items you must have on your boat to keep it legal. Unfortunately, the law doesn't cover everything. Here are the top 10 things you need to have on board next time you leave the dock.

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Building a Cedar Strip Kayak: The Details: Stripping the Hull

This is the step in the build process where your kayak actually starts to look like something. This can be a source of motivation.

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Building a Cedar Strip Kayak: The Details: Stems and Sheer Clamp

The stems on a wood strip kayak are ¼ strips of wood which are steamed, shaped and glued together with thickened epoxy. The sheer clamp is what is used to attach the deck to the bottom of the hull.

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Building a Cedar Strip Kayak: The Details: Making and Setting up the Forms

Making forms that determine the shape of the hull and deck, then setting them up on a build table for construction of a Cedar Strip Kayak.

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Building a Cedar Strip Kayak: The Details: Lofting the Plans

How I "lofted" the plans (made 3-dimensional templates) for my second cedar-strip kayak.

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Kayaking the Beautiful Westport River in Massachusetts: What to Consider

There are many places to kayak in Massachusetts. One place is the Westport River. Kayak by yourself or with companies like Osprey Sea Kayak or the Kayak Centre of Rhode Island.

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Estimating the Cost of Cedar Strips for Building a Canoe

Red Cedar strips are one of the larger components of the total material cost when building a cedar strip canoe. This is an estimate of the cost for Red Cedar strips.