Monthly Archives: March 2005

Hull Speed in Muscle-Powered Boats

This article comparing the hydrodynamics of kayaks and canoes with the new W boat is of interest to anyone interested in understanding the priniciples of kayak design and hull speed. Call me an unbeliever, but I have some doubts about … Continue reading

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Around Oman – Mark Evans Continues his Journey Along the Oman Coast

As chronicled in the web site Around Oman which includes daily updates, Mark Evans is beginning the second phase of his 1,700 km kayak journey along the Oman coast. Evans hopes his journey will raise awareness of the Oman coast … Continue reading

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Whitewater Racing Season Begins

The 2005 Maine canoe and kayak racing season began today with the traditional opener, a 6-mile race down a section of the St. George River from Searsmont. Despite the big snow year , the river was “bony” with river bottom … Continue reading

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SIGN OF SPRING - Ray Wirth of Belfast sets off from the Belfast Public Landing for his first paddle of the season, Thursday, March 17. LOUISE SHORETTE

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Uproar Over Kayak Tax

I’ve been distracted this week by a proposal in the Maine legislature to require a $10.00 registration fee for all non-motorized watercraft. The proposal now seems dead in the water due to substantial uproar from paddlers near and far. “What … Continue reading

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A New Kayak Website of Note:

West Coast Paddler

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Snow Kayaking & Were Kayaks the First Sleds?

“Maine has two seasons: winter and 2 months of damn poor sledding,” goes the old joke. The quote betrays a bemused acceptance of long winters. I imagine a cynical Inuit might have said pretty much the same. The Inuit were … Continue reading

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Vatican’s vaults holds surprising Canadian Artifact

Newsflash: Early Model Kayak Found in Vatican

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Where have all the kayak shops gone?

Maybe it’s just me but it seems like suddenly I’m aware of a number of kayak shops and small manufacturers that are closing their doors — or have done so within the last few months. Country Canoeist (NH), Great River … Continue reading

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Virtual race

An opportunity to test yourself against other paddlers without taking home a tacky t-shirt is offered by Mountain Wayfarer’s virtual kayak race. The virtual race invites you to post your (GPS or other measured time) over a 5 or 10 … Continue reading

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