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Experiences with <£40 PVC 'pool toys' as packrafts

Slackrafting to Clashnessie

As we left one car near Stoer, out to sea a stampede of white horses were galloping in towards the Bay of Clachtoll. It looked like a late 90s Guinness commercial out there. We didn’t want to be kayaking in that, no … Continue reading

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Fitzroy Packrafting – Australia

Fitzroy article in The Paddler magazine My four videos from last year’s trip – about 45 mins all up – are below. You’ll find Jeff’s version of the same trip in 5 parts (about an hour) right here.

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Packrafting around Suilven mountain

I’ve already done a couple of great packrafting excursions around the charismatic mass of Suilven mountain (left, viewed from the east). Last year we did a ‘triathlon’ loop up one side and down the other using bikes, feet and two-up in … Continue reading

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Packrafting in a Force 6 Gale

I do like a good storm. On the right was today’s coastal forecast for the Minch. You might call it the first big storm of the autumn. Some 250 miles to the north, out on the Faeroes and towards Norway … Continue reading

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Slackraft Sea Trials

Chopping down my Sevy pooltoy into a slackraft lost too much buoyancy to take my gross weight, but it works fine for the Mrs who’s about half my weight. So on a very calm, sunny morning – realistically, it’s inshore limits … Continue reading

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Preparing the Slackraft for Escalante

In a month I’m back in northern Arizona for an Expo and afterwards hope to have another crack at the Escalante River (left) in southern Utah. I had a good look around last year at both put-in and take-outs, doing … Continue reading

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Testing the Sevy Slackraft

Finally I got round to trying the Sevy ‘packraft’, a cheapo PVC dinghy with the outer hull cut off to make it less wide and hopefully more functional. Compared to the single-chambered Alpacka, blowing it up takes a while. The … Continue reading

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Skinning the Sevylor slackraft

As promised, I’ve invested in a Sevylor Caravelle PVC dinghy. Cost: £34 delivered complete with pump, oars, repair kit, manual in ten languages and a box which is bound to come in useful one day. The heavy-duty Super Caravelle model, … Continue reading

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Packrafting the Fitzroy – 5/5

Fitzroy 1 Intro • Fitzroy 2 • Fitzroy 3 • Fitzroy 4  Today, our fifth on the river, we expected to break out of the clogged-up side streams of the last two days and get on the deep, open channel which led right … Continue reading

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