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Articles by Tom Watson

Outdoor Fabrics: Gore-Tex and Beyond

"'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe;All mimsy were the borogoves, and the mom…

Tags: Weather

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 …