Category Archives: Gumotex IKs

Kayaking the Swanage Stacks

Swanage Bay, 7.30am Ten minutes after a paddling away from a tranquil Swanage seafront bathed in a Turneresque light (above), we found ourselves battling a stiff breeze towards Ballard Downs on the north edge of Swanage Bay. The odd whitecap scurried … Continue reading

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Urban kayaking: East London

The plan was simple. Put the IK in at Limehouse Basin where I finished up last week, and take an easy canal-paddle up around what are collectively known as the Bow Back Rivers threading through the Olympic Park, then portage over Three Mills … Continue reading

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Repairing a Gumotex Seawave

The other day, while lashing the Gumotex drybag backpack to a chopped-down trolley I foolishly wore two holes in my Seawave ;-(( Pumping away like a donkey on Limehouse jetty (above), I assumed the non-standard PRV was playing up; probably a grain … Continue reading

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A Packboat in your Car

  Overlanding with Packboats Expedition Portal / April, 2019 Packboat is my made-up word for easily portable boats that roll into a bag but deploy in minutes, in contrast with hardshell kayaks or canoes in aluminum, plastic, or composite. I’m here … Continue reading

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Drop-stitch Gumotex Thaya IK

The Gumotex Thaya is set to replace the 4.1-m Solar 3, but with some added width and a drop-stitch (d/s) floor, like some Sea Eagles, Advanced Elements and Aqua Glides. This is the first of Gumotex’s D/S-floor boats, more are sure … Continue reading

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Kayaking and packrafting the Allier (France)

See also: • Chassezac • Ardeche • Packboating in southern France • Tarn In 2005 the Dordogne and nearby Vezere were my first multi-day rivers in a Sunny IK, all helped by the discovery of the inspiring White Water Massif Central guidebook. The Dordogne … Continue reading

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Windpaddling to Achnahaird

The packboat sailing page We decided to lap the tip (left) of the Coigach peninsula. Doing it clockwise put us in the lee of the afternoon’s southwesterly once in Enard Bay and better still, we’d catch high tide at Achnahaird, … Continue reading

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Gumotex Sunny in the Summer Isles

A few shots from our first visit to the Summer Isles in 2006 with my original Gumotex Sunny and Mk1  Safari and when it seems the weather was unusually good for August. One day we paddled out as far as Tanera … 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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