Archive for Kayaks
Happy Hobie DAY Sunday May 18, 2014 at Empire Kayaks in Island Park. From 10am-2pm Join them for a free demo of all the great Hobie products! The latest Hobie Stand Up Paddleboards, the Hobie Mirage Drive pedal kayaks and the multi-functional Tandem Island are just some of the available Hobies to try out. Hobie Fishing Team members will be on hand to explain the advantages of fishing from a Hobie! Call 516 889 8300 to reserve. Directions.
The Dinghy Shop in Amityville will be holding their annual Kayak Test Drive event May 3 and 4th, 2014. This is a great opportunity to try a bunch of different kayaks, meet some great folks and shop for kayaks, gear and equipment. The shop is located at 334 South Bayview Ave. Amityville ,New York 11701 631-264-0005 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This weekend, the largest canoe, kayak and standup paddling show on the East Coast is taking place in Somerset, NJ. The show features manufacturers of kayaks, canoes, accessories, sportswear, paddling clubs professional instruction and expeditions, as well as lectures and video and slide shows of paddling trips, expeditions and paddling techniques. Paddlesport hosts over 100 exhibitors, including the top names in canoes, kayaks and SUPs, such as Hobie, Ocean Kayak, Epic Kayaks, Perception, Wilderness Systems, Wave Sport, Mad River Canoe, Old Town, Surftech and much more! North Atlantic Canoe & Kayak and the American Canoe Association will both be at the Paddlesport Show all weekend so be sure to stop by and visit. You can talk with NACK members to get first hand information on our club and programs, and see Sarah Kadis, ACA Safety, Education and Instruction Coordinator, to grab some ACA materials or to hear about what’s new with the ACA!
Mike and Gabrielle, the folks in Island Park at Empire Kayaks www.empirekayaks.com have a demo day coming up on Sunday, May 6th dedicated for Stand Up Paddleboards, Hobie and Eddyline Kayaks with the reps from each of those companies there to answer any questions. In addition Werner Paddle’s Danny Mongno will be offering clinics on Stand Up Paddling.
In addition they report “Every kayak we sell, we have in our rental fleet so every day can be a demo day.” We work it as a rental, if you purchase a kayak you get your last rental fee back.
North Atlantic Canoe and Kayak Founding Director and ACA Instructor Trainer Elizabeth O’Connor will be conducting the First Annual Southern Connecticut Small Craft Symposium at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven CT on Saturday March 31, 2012. NACK members will be there demonstrating basic boat handling skills and capsize recoveries in the pool. The symposium runs from 10 AM to 5 PM
For information on kayak tours and training visit Elizabeth at Changing Tides Paddle Craft
North Atlantic Canoe and Kayak will have a booth this weekend at Paddlesport 2012 the largest kayak show on the east coast, in Somerset NJ. The show features over 100 exhibitors including manufacturers of kayaks, canoes, accessories, sportswear, paddling clubs, professional instruction and expeditions, as well as lectures and video and slide shows of paddling trips, expeditions and paddling techniques.
It’s held at the 70,000 square foot Garden State Exhibit Center located just off of I-287 Exit 10, a 45-minute drive from Manhattan.
Friday March 23 Noon-9 pm
Saturday March 24 9 am-6 pm
Sunday March 25 10 am-4:30 pm
Stop by with us, definitely take in some of the seminars, and enjoy the show.
And as if all the pool rolling successes weren’t enough, a couple of members got the opportunity to test their latest Skin-on-Frame kayak creations in the pool. These SOFs consist of a western red cedar frame that’s lashed together in the “qajaq” building fashion of the people of the Arctic.
Traditionally they would be covered in sealskin but today they are covered with nylon or polyester fabric and painted with polyurethane. As an intermediate step, before the final skinning, these kayaks are often tested with a “skin” of saran wrap and duct tape to be sure the design actually floats and handles as intended. What could be better than a day in the pool?
Kayak designs represented included one based on the short (nine foot six), highly maneuverable, North Alaska Recovery Kayak.
A second design was a long, narrow West Greenland style with an upswept bow.
Skin-on-Frame construction yields very light kayaks as the West Greenland design, while 18 feet long and just 19 inches wide, should weigh under 30 pounds when completed. Both designs performed well and should be ready for the paddling season. From members reactions there will be more kayak building and the possibility of a NACK skin-on-frame kayak building class in the future. More kayak building details to follow.
A couple of local shops have announced on-the-water demo days in the near future. Demo days always generate lots of interest. If you’re new to the sport demo days are a great opportunity to actually try a kayak on the water.
The Dinghy Shop in Amityville will be doing demos on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, 2011.
Empire Kayaks in Island Park will be doing demos on Sunday, May 22, 2011.
Unless you have the experience, and a really good idea of what kayak you like, it’s important you try it before you buy it. And, if you’re an experienced kayaker there’s always the need to try the latest high performance boat. Here’s your chance to check them out.
It’s also a good idea to contact the shop beforehand to make a reservation to make sure the kayaks you would like to try are available.