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Book review: Best Canoe Trips in the South of France

See also Packboating in Southern France Back in print after 16 years, Rivers Publishing have updated their 2002 White Water Massif Central canoe guide, now less scarily titled: Best Canoe Trips in the South of France. Packboats aren’t mentioned, but what’s doable in a … Continue reading

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MYOG: TiZip Pakbag

As mentioned here, wafting down the Tarn Gorge this summer with a Chattooga drybag jammed under my knees gave me plenty of time to configure what kind of ‘deckbag’ I felt would better fit my needs. Peli cases were too … Continue reading

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Six Packrafting Essentials

The basic gear you need for packrafting adventures. For general camping kit (sleeping, eating, washing, etc) you’ll find lists all over the internet and beyond. I prefer a 1-kilo down bag, a roomy tent, a thick, full-length air mat and … Continue reading

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WindPaddle Adv 2: disc sailing revisted, again

Adding a rudder to the Seawave inspired me to drag out my cheapo disc sail. I last tried it three years ago on the Amigo (below) when it worked OK, even without a rudder. But of course a rudder is much better for … Continue reading

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Alternative to D-rings for IKs

Michael S from BC came up with a good idea for securing stuff, seats or thigh straps to the floor of your IK without resorting to gluing on expensive D-rings – something that takes application and the right glue to … Continue reading

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One Million Sharks

  This weekend IK&P went supernova and broke through the one-million hit barrier, making it possibly the most read non-commercial website about inflatable kayaks and packrafts. Find a niche and they will come, as the bloke from WaterWorld is said to … Continue reading

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Seawave Rudder MkII tested

Gumotex Seawave main page Rudder rationale discussed Gumotex’s 2016 factory version Making the prototype rudder Testing the prototype While waiting for rudder bits to turn up, we went out for an evening paddle round Eilean Mullagrach. It was pretty calm … Continue reading

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Inexpensive packboat rescue and survival aids

The other day while leaning over aboard a salmon pen platform, my cherished six-year-old Benchmade Griptilian slipped out of the pfd and into the briny depths. We ummed and ahhed about diving down to retrieve it, but I’m told these pens are 20-metres deep … Continue reading

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Seawave – Oh Rudder, How Art Thou?

Seawave main page Skip forward to MkII rudder Within hours of finishing my prototype rudder I set about finishing it properly, and after a test run to Tanera, made further improvements, listed below, before trying it again. The whole set-up wants to be … Continue reading

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