Kayak Rescue GLP


The Great Lakes Paddlers group held a kayak rescue and safety clinic on Kent Lake July 7th.  There were 17 people signed up and in addition Rob Taylor and his wife showed up to assist. The weather was great, hot and sunny, the water warm.  Patti Pape led the training and went through wet exits […]

Kayak Entry and Exit Techniques


Getting into and out of your kayak can be embarrassing if not done right and you end up in the water and not your kayak. You don’t have to look graceful doing it, just have to be effective at staying out of the water. Kayak Dock Entry or Exit If you have a dock for […]

Port Austin Sea Kayak Symposium


The second annual (and there will be a third) Port Austin Sea Kayak Symposium was held June 17 to 19, 2011.   There was a new visitors center in town for registration. Not many people made it up early Thursday as it is a 3 hour drive from Detroit for those that worked all day.  The […]

Greenland Build 2011 Launch Party – Start Kayaking The Huron


Well the Greenland Kayak build is officially over for 2011, now is the time to get the kayaks into the water and start kayaking. We took a paddle from Portage Lake to Zukey Lake Tavern and back on the Huron River chain. What made this more difficult is the water was just at flood stage […]

Greenland Boat Hits The Water


We had three Greenland boats on Little Portage, two were virgins, first time in the water to Start Kayaking. The later level was higher than I have ever experienced it.  We had to walk in water to get to the dock.  Getting in the Greenland boat was a little tricky, but with a dock it […]

Spring Kayaking – Start Kayaking


Hey the waters high, the temperature warm, time to start kayaking if you have been thinking about it.  I paddled early Saturday morning and it was very relaxing and peaceful.  The power boats are not out in force yet, many wait till after the Memorial Day holiday or until schools out before they get onto […]

Getting Ready To Start Kayaking My Greenland Boat


I have four coats of Dura Tuff polyurethane coating on my Greenland kayak, I’m not happy with the look so wanted to add one last coat.  Unfortunately Michigan weather in the last week has been less than optimum to put on the coating outside.  Then once the last coat cures,  the fun begins to get […]

Greenland Kayak Build Ends Abruptly


Well our Greenland Kayak build is officially done for this year as the Livonia warehouse lease expires.  There was a flurry of activity in the last week to get as much done as possible before the move out.  A few of the people that were behind in schedule came on strong and got skin on […]

Greenland Kayaking Building Week 13


Getting close to the end of the Greenland kayak building session, now up to week 13 and the end of April.  Many of the boats are getting their skin sewn on, skin dyed, and the first boat got a seal coat (one of three coats).  The pressure is this week to complete the kayaks as […]

Easter Weekend Greenland Kayak Building – Week 12


The Greenland style kayak “skin on frame” building is now about cutting and sewing the skin.  Four boats are getting skinned a fifth is ready for next week.  The sewing is a learn as you go process, we are using the method shown on the Skin Boat Site. There are several methods to sew, this […]