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Articles by Tom Watson

How To Repair A Kayak

One of the considerations for deciding which type of material you want your kayak to be made from (wood/rotomo…

Types of Kayak Materials

Ranging from casual recreational crafts to sleek racers to bomb-proof whitewater and other rec’ boats, the o…

Lifesaving “Fireworks”

By general definition, a visual distress signal can be anything that draws attention to your location in an em…

Kids Life Jackets

Of all the safety gear used by those who enjoy on-water sports, none should be scrutinized more than the famil…

Tags: Safety, PFD, kids

A Kayaker’s Spring Checklist

I remember the anticipation of the spring thaw when I could finally get out on the water again after a long, c…

Tags: Kayak, maintenance, storage

Life Jackets in the New World Order

Tom Watson reviews some of the changes that are in store for defining “Life Jackets” and “PFDs”? It’s called “…

Tags: PFD, Safety, gear

Magical Moments: Kayaking Alaska

I learned to sea kayak in Alaska, in the waters of the Pacific Ocean surrounding Kodiak Island. From glass smo…

Tags: destination, Alaska, kayaking

Base Layer Basics

Our skin is our body’s largest organ, the ultimate “base” layer of protection.  It only makes sense then …

Tags: Clothing, Kayak, canoes

Compactible Gear for Paddlers

I had just spent what seemed like hours painstakingly loading my kayak at McCargoe Cove, Isle Royale. We had h…

Tags: Canoe, Kayak

River Hazards

I learned the hard way, why, at certain times of the year – during spring flooding primarily – our local river…

Tags: Kayak, Canoe, navigation

Deck Lines & Rigging

By the most basic definition, any form of rope or cordage on a vessel is referred to as a "line". Prefaced wit…

Tags: Kayak, ropes

A Kayaker's Camping Checklist

Some of my most memorable kayaking trips were those solo overnights or weekend adventures where I packed up th…

Tags: Kayak, camping, tips