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Steps to Adding a Hatch to Your Kayak

Monday March 31, 2014

During the last few posts I've commented on different aspects of how to add a dry storage in the form of a kayak hatch to your kayak.  Everything from determining if your kayak can even take a hatch to choosing one, cutting the hole, and finally installing the hatch were discussed.  All of these articles come together in this document entitled All About How to Install a Kayak Hatch.

How to Install a Kayak Hatch

Monday March 31, 2014

Kayak hatches can be purchased for anywhere from $10  to $150.  The cost benefit analysis is really a no-brainer for this handy addition to your kayak.  That is as long as you can add a hatch to your kayak.  Learn how here.

Cut a Hole in My Kayak? Are you Crazy??

Monday March 31, 2014

Most kayakers cringe at the idea of putting a sharp object near their kayaks.  Yet, this is exactly what must happen when installing a kayak hatch.  While care must be taken to cut a hole in the deck of your kayak, it really isn't a big deal if proper care is taken.  So, if you've even considered adding a hatch to your kayak, maybe now is the time.  Learn how to cut a hole in your kayak en route to adding some much needed dry storage to your sit-on-top.

How to Choose a Kayak Hatch

Monday March 31, 2014

Many sit-on-top kayaks have flat spots in the deck that are made to accommodate hatches.  If your kayak has these spots, perhaps you should consider installing a hatch in your kayak.  Hatches are a way to make sure your possessions stay dry and in the boat.  Learn how to choose a kayak hatch, and give your boat a face lift.

Can I Install a Hatch in My Kayak?

Monday March 31, 2014

Sit-on-top kayaks are lots of fun.  They're great for the beach, for fishing, diving, or just in situations where you need to get in and out of the kayak frequently.  One downside, though, is that everything you bring with you is exposed to the sun and water.  If your kayak doesn't have a hatch, this can be a real problem.  However, you're in luck.  Most sit-on-top kayaks can have hatches installed in them.  Learn how to know if your kayak can accommodate a hatch.

How to Repair Scratches, Holes, and Cracks in Plastic Kayaks

Monday March 31, 2014

HDPE is an extremely tough material to repair.  There are things, however, that you can do to repair scratches, holes, cracks, and gouges in your plastic canoe and kayak.

Why are Plastic Kayaks so Difficult to Repair?

Monday March 31, 2014

There is no more dreaded news to a kayaker than to find out his or her kayak is seriously damaged.  All of the characteristics that make high density polyethylene so flexible, strong, and durable are the same reasons that nothing will adhere to it.  This makes fixing things like cracks and holes near impossible.  Learn more here.

Paddling in the Lone Star State

Monday March 31, 2014

Everything's bigger in Texas!  The same goes for the kayaking, canoeing, and standup paddleboarding in the Lone Star State. With over 190,000 miles of winding streams and 3300 plus miles of coastal shoreline, there's no shortage of paddling options in Texas.

All About the Risks and Hazards in Whitewater

Friday February 28, 2014

The last week or so I've been focused on the risks and hazards of whitewater kayaking.  The point of this highlight was not to scare anyone, but rather to help instill a healthy fear, no, respect for the natural resource that we have come to cherish.  Whitewater is an amazingly violent, yet elegant miracle that has shaped the sport of whitewater paddling.  It is to be studied and respected. To that end, here are a series of articles on the hazards and risks inherent in whitewater kayaking.  Be safe!

Unforeseen Risks of Whitewater Paddling

Friday February 28, 2014

When people are scared to whitewater kayak, its the big things that they fear.  People don't want to drown or be hypothermic.  It won't take long before they realize that shoulder injuries are common and they'll be leary of those.  But, very rarely do would-be whitewater paddlers realize that broken bones and twisted ankles are also a real possibility.  As a matter of fact, they are probably far more likely than drowning or hypothermia are.

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