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Articles by Tom Watson

Smart Storage Keeps Boats Healthy

For some of us, storing our canoe or kayak is as simple as dropping it off alongside the garage or outbuilding…

Tags: Kayak, Weather

Basic Home Paddle Repair

I can still see myself thrusting the tip of my fiberglass paddle into the murky water as I initiated a very un…

Tags: Paddles

Season's End Maintenance

It's so easy, after squeezing in that very last paddling trip of the season, to shove your boat in or behind t…

Tags: Canoe, Kayak

Season's End Gear Maintenance

While I don't want to suggest that paddling is over once the leaves start to fall, this is the time of year to…

Tags: Canoe, Kayak

GPS – A Paddler's Convenient Nav' Tool

The access point on Lake Monson is at the head of a small inlet on the amoeba-shaped, glacial formed lake. Pad…

Compass Basics - The Marine Compass

By physical description, a "marine" compass is the dome-shaped bulb compass used by many boaters with a dial t…

Compass Basics for Kayaking

A discussion on the use of a compass from a kayaking standpoint begins with basic compass savvy and then advan…

Tags: Kayak, navigation, maps

Maps versus Charts

Have you noticed that land features represented on a flat plane are called topographic maps while features rep…

Fishing From a Traditional Kayak

Fishing from a "touring" kayak, whether it be a sleek, blue-water craft or a broad and stable "rec" boat, has …

Tags: Kayak, Fishing

Cartoon Thoughts

We must always remember that we are the visitor, the guest, eventhe intruder, floating on top of a magical wor…

In The Native Tradition – Deck Line Beads

Imagine yourself as a native paddler, drifting stealthily into killing range of a spotted seal. You've got to …

Starting Your Paddling Library

I remember buying my first sea kayaking manual after meeting its author, John Dowd, at an early kayak symposiu…