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Articles by Tom Watson

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

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

Deck Lines & Rigging

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

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

Grab Your Gloves

For blue water paddlers, a good pair of paddling gloves is a standard piece of gear/wardrobe. Perhaps not alwa…

Tags: gear, gloves

Buoy & Marker Messages

"Red Sky at Morning, Sailor take warning! Red sky at night, sailor's delight." Almost anyone who's ever s…

Tags: Safety

Quick Fix Repairs for Rotomolded Kayaks

Short of actually plastic welding, there are a few quick fixes that will keep a rotomolded hull from getting t…

Tags: Kayak

Tried and True Kayak Packing Tips

There was a time not too long ago when kayakers didn't have fancy neo' nylon stuff sacks, front bulkheads and …

Tags: Kayak, packing, Sleeping Bags