Category Archives: Gear

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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 Update 2019: I’ve not used my MYO rudder since I made it in 2016. Partly because I’ve only done day trips predicated … 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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Tested: Honey woodstove

In a line Ingeniously simple, versatile and super-light two-sized wood stove/pot stand/windbreak that packs flatter than a Kindle. Cost £38 + post Weight 265g in bag (+ 30g for square and Trangia base).  How used Brew and barbie in the back garden. Good points Light, adaptable, compact and … Continue reading

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Gumotex Seawave – MYO rudder

Seawave main page Refining and testing prototype rudder Making and testing MkII version Update 2019: I’ve not used my MYO rudder since I made it in 2016. Partly because I’ve only done day trips predicated on nice weather, but also … Continue reading

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iSUP: a new way to get in trouble at sea

by Gael A One day during my annual paddle off western Scotland, while waiting out a gale near Glenuig and enjoying some familiar Highland music (howling wind, drumming rain, crashing waves, whistling guy lines), I lay daydreaming of my imminent … Continue reading

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