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Kayak and packraft sails

To see how I made a disc sail click this This is how it worked first time out in a packraft This is how it worked first time out in my Incept kayak And this is a proper Pacific Action ‘V’ sail fitted on my … Continue reading

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Packraft versus cheap dinghy

To most people a packraft looks much like an inflatable dinghy you can get on ebay for £30. The difference is in the design and materials: bigger diametre tubes enlarged front and back mean more buoyancy plus an upturned and narrowed … Continue reading

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Alpacka Yak vs old style Denali Llama

Back in the UK and took a run today in the new-shape Yak on the sunny Medway in Kent with my old-shape Llama. Impressions: the slightly longer Llama sure is roomy – you can stretch your legs which is relaxing, … Continue reading

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Packraft sailing

See also this post First sunny spring day around here so we went out to try out the flip-out disc sail I made over the winter on my Llama and Steve’s Big Kahuna. Wind was forecast at about 8 mph but … Continue reading

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First time packrafting in Scotland

First time packrafting gear It was a bank holiday weekend in Scotland and the West Highland Line from Glasgow to Mallaig was packed out, but only one person got off the train at Morar station. There was nothing here other … Continue reading

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Packrafting in Scotland – intro

For more recent packrafting in Scotland click ‘Scotland’ or ‘packrafting’ categories above or right. Northwest Scotland is about as ‘Alaska’ as it gets here in the British Isles and after years of going everywhere else, I’m beginning to realise what … Continue reading

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Packrafting in Scotland ~ gear

This is the gear which worked for me (or not) on my first big trip to the Scottish highlands in summer. There’s plenty more chat about gear and tips on the Alpacka forum, among other places. Backpack – TNF Terra … Continue reading

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Denali Llama packraft – handling and speed

On the water – ferrying and re-entry I’ve tried the boat two up, over a couple of full days, with a test 12kg pack lashed to the bow and with the skirt deployed. I’ve tried it with a Thermarest floor, … Continue reading

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Alpacka 2010 Denali Llama review

Getting the right size Alpacka is important as you’re supposed to fit in snuggly front to back to aid control in white water. At my height (6′ 1″) the Llama is just right, with a little optional padding behind the … Continue reading

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