Launching the Shrike Kayak

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In November I had finished building the Qajaqpak and so had idle hands. My father and I had been working on a concept of an adaptable stitch and glue kayak design that would allow people to build a great sea kayak with limited funds and experience. Adaptability was key as we know that people come … Read more

Kayak cockpit ergonomics for rolling

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Independent of the style of kayak rolling you partake in it is very helpful to have a kayak that fits you. Kayaks roll because we apply force to the kayak through the connection between our body and the hull and deck, and this force is resisted by the opposite force created by our buoyancy and … Read more

Greenland kayak rolling, fad or functional?

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Greenland rolling is like yoga, you can go through life without doing it, but if you do it your life will improve. That sentence alone should have been enough for some to stop reading further. Many people that I speak with have dismissed Greenland rolling for a variety of reasons; they can roll already, Greenland … Read more

Novorca X-Series

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Most English children, at some point in their life, become familiar with the book series Where’s Wally? (Or Waldo for the Americans. The eternal hunt for the image of the funny guy in the stripy red and white sweater. A few people have been playing a different game this winter, Where’s Ron? Obsessed with the … Read more

My wife doesn’t camp, but if she did she would use a Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm.

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I love camping, I especially love kayak camping. Traveling by kayak allows one to carry far greater loads than on foot. When I pack my kayak I rarely have an issue with weight, but I do occasionally run into a space issue. When I took my very first kayak camping trip I was advised to … Read more

Getting your first roll.

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Over the past couple of years I have written many articles and blog posts about different aspects of learning your first Greenland kayak or qajaq roll. Many of these have been published in leading sea kayak magazines around the globe. Rather than regurgitate this content I thought I would provide a comprehensive set of links … Read more

Maiden voyage of the Qajapak

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Truth be told it was a while ago that she took to the waters of Prior Lake. The launch is a moment of truth for the builder. A time filled with apprehension, relief and excitement. Perhaps it was a desire to covert these feelings that delayed me sharing the experience. November in Minnesota is a … Read more

Hilleberg Tarra, my ultimate kayak camping tent?

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How many times have you bought lower cost, lower quality gear and ended up replacing it with higher cost higher quality gear? The history of my kayak camping gear comprises a litany of examples of this behavior. Recently I swore I wouldn’t buy cheap gear again, I promised myself to research and buy or build … Read more

Plan B

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Plan A was to visit Devil’s Island in the Apostles. A progressively worsening forecast put the kybosh on that idea. With a forecast predicting five to seven feet waves with the wind on our nose, temperatures in the low teens for a high and the potential for precipitation we decided not to head east along … Read more

Skinning the Qajapak

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Qajapak is an Inuit word which loosely translated means fat kayak. This seems a very appropriate name for the Recovery Qajaq. With the frame completed I spent a couple of days learning how to sew the skin onto the Qajaq. I used 9oz ballistic nylon which I purchased from the Skin Boat Store. The nylon … Read more