5 DIY Kayak Repairs Using Recycled Materials

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If your kayak has been out on the water a bit, you might find yourself with scratches, cracks or even holes in the hull that you need to repair. Sure, you can always turn to your pro shop for help and most of the time you will be able to find someone to help you out with your kayak repairs. But at what cost? What if you have a big fishing tournament this weekend and you just need to get it done?

If you have some basic tools and a little bit of DIY gumption, you will probably find something to help you make your own kayak repairs. We’ve outlined some repair methods that just might work for your polyethylene kayak using materials in everyday household products!

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How to Choose a Kayak Paddle That’s Right For You

long blade paddleNow that you’ve got that new kayak or decided on the one you want, the next most important thing is to find the right type of paddle for your needs.

There are several things you need to consider when choosing a paddle. Generally speaking, the taller you are, the longer the paddle you will need and the wider your kayak is, the longer the paddle you will need. But there are several other factors that may affect your choice, like your paddling style, what type of paddling you intend to do and even your fitness level.

We hope this guide helps you make some of those decisions, but sometimes your choice will come down to how it works for you in practice. Sometimes you have to try a few before you find what really works for you, but we hope to help you narrow it down a bit. Continue reading

5 Central U.S. Kayak Adventures Right In Your Backyard

Kayak Adventure

Suburban Kayak Adventure

So you can’t get to the ocean to satisfy your watersports cravings. There’s plenty of adventure right near home. Here are five super locations to put your paddle in the water and you don’t even have to take vacation days! Continue reading

To Paddle or To Pedal? – Native Slayer and Native Slayer Propel

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Several people have asked for a review of the Native Slayer fishing kayak series. Here we provide you with the results of that research, since kayak fishing is changing the face of kayak design. We hope you find this information enlightening and will help you choose the best fishing kayak for your needs.

The Slayer kayak series from Native Watercraft was designed specifically with the fisherman in mind. Many of the hallmark features of this craft will appeal to fishermen and recreational sport kayakers alike, so even if you aren’t looking for a fishing kayak, you may want to consider the Native series.

Native Watercraft manufactures four kayaks in the Native series including the Native Slayer 12, the Native Slayer 14.5, the Native Slayer Propel 10 and the Native Slayer Propel 13. The first two kayaks are paddled kayaks and the the Propel models have a pedal-powered propulsion system. Continue reading

Wilderness Systems Pungo 140 and Pungo 120

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Are you looking for a superior recreational kayak with loads of features? You just might be glad you landed here, because we have found a great set of kayaks that fit the bill!

Wilderness Systems has created the Pungo Series of sit in kayaks to serve the discerning recreational kayak buyer. This series offers three lengths of kayak: the Pungo 140 (14-foot), the Pungo 120 (12-foot) and the Pungo 100 (10-foot), as well as two angling kayaks (the Pungo 140 Angler and the Pungo 120 Angler) and one ultralight model (the Pungo 120 Ultralite). These versatile kayaks have similar features. Continue reading

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100 Sit On Top Kayak

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If you are looking for a great multi-purpose sit on top kayak, Aquamarine Sports has spotted this great find: The Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100.

The Tarpon 100 is a 10-foot sit on top kayak with a moderately wide beam, making it a stable choice for beginners and inherently useful for seasoned kayakers as well.

The Tarpon 100 is equally at home on the lake, ocean bays and inlets and quiet rivers alike. You can even take it out into the surf to mess around! Maybe not the intended use, but some owners have even used it on Class 3 rapids with success. It’s wonderful for fishing and camping too. What’s not to love?

Let’s talk about some of the qualities you can expect from the Tarpon 100:

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3 Top Future Beach Kayak Reviews – Choose Your Fave!

Kayaks RiverFuture Beach manufactures plastic kayaks that are tough, durable and able to withstand rough water play. Their kayaks are made of rotomolded or blowmolded polyethylene. Their offerings cover recreational and fishing-specific kayaks in a range of sizes and features. Notably, they highlight their support of environmental awareness. The company states that they have a “zero-waste, zero-landfill manufacturing facility”.

Aquamarine Sports has chosen several Future Beach kayaks that may fit your needs and budget. Here, we review and compare the features and merits of three categories of Future Beach kayaks: sit on top recreational kayak, sit in kayak and sit on top fishing kayak. Continue reading

Choosing The Right Kayak

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Thinking about what kind of kayak you want to buy?

Here’s everything you need to know to choose the right kayak for you!

What do you want to do with your kayak? Do you want to paddle slowly across a lake or down a lazy river, rush swiftly downstream on Class 5 rapids? Skirt lightly across the seafoam while checking out a pod of dolphins? Or maybe you like to hunt or fish? Or take the family camping? There is a kayak that is right for you and this article will help you figure it out.
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