New Gear

Starting to outfit the Loon.

New ZRE Light paddle. You can see it has a signifcantly smaller blade than my old paddle.

A Wilderness Systems Palmico 160T sprayskirt recommended by WaterTribe member joewildlife is a nice tight fit for the cockpit. Very happy to have picked it up for $40 off ebay. Way cheaper than anything else I could have found.

I also picked up a ZRE seat but I think it might be a tad small. Looks to be more of a racing seat.

Memorial Day Paddle

With tropical storm Beyrel passing to the north of Orlando I was able to get in an 8 mile paddle on Rock Springs Run. Nice tight little river near my house. Saw gators, deer, and otters only feet from the boat. This was the first time making the run in my Loon. It was a very quick paddle. I am going to have to add some distance to my trips if I want it to be a workout.

More info on paddling the area.

The launch:

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Decked Canoe History

Amazing amount of information for those of us obsessed with decked and sailing canoes.

I am also currently re-reading Canoemates By Kirk Munroe. If you haven’t read it I highly recommend it. Here is a link to a free e-book version. You may also be able to find it as an audio book on iTunes. That’s where I first found it.