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Why are we moving in circles with a tandem kayak?

We just bought a tandem kayak, we took it to the water and we can’t make it go straight. My husband is bigger than me so he sits on the back. We rented kayaks before, so we are wondering if it could ...
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What’s the best thing to wear on your hands when sea kayaking in very cold weather?

What product or combination of products best protects your hands while kayaking in winter? I’m interested in a system which provides comfort for extended paddling but also the peripheral activities ...
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How do choices in design of a paddle-craft influence its handling characteristics?

If you imagine cutting a canoe or kayak along each axial plane, you get three shapes. If you cut along the waterline and look down from above, you get the plan. Cut thwart-wise at the widest point ...
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Can I use a Canoe Paddle with a Kayak?

I am thinking about getting a Kayak, I am very comfortable paddling my canoe with a single paddle. My motivation is that I can canoe silently with a single canoe paddle that does not need to break ...
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What is the most effective means of paddling a canoe, against the current, under a bridge?

Today I was out in the canoe on Monongahela River I started out paddling up river, and there was a head wind. I noticed that when I got with in about 100 feet of a bridge the wind picked up. The ...
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Where should a person who can't hold a paddle sit in a tandem kayak?

This question is related to this, and perhaps others on the site, although I don't think it's an exact duplicate. I have friends who would like to take a two-person kayak trip down a stream in the ...
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How to dry paddling gloves

I currently use MEC Humboldt paddling gloves for cycling in warm/cool - windy/wet weather as they offer better protection than my thin runnning gloves and are not as hot as my winter gloves. My issue ...
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Preventing hand blisters while paddling

I went kayaking for the first time this weekend, and it was a blast! Unfortunately, I also ended up with some abraded skin on my hands, where the paddle shaft had chaffed the skin. I've done other ...
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How to manage the sail of a sunfish when paddling?

The sunfish is a small sailboat with a lateen sail. Realistically you can not raise the sail while in it. Usually raising and lower the sail is done at shore. It is occasionally necessary to ...
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How would one person control two canoes?

I am planning an adventure, and realized that while I will have one able bodied paddler, I will likely have two canoes of load. In thinking about it, I have imagined several scenarios where this ...
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Why should the heavier person sit in the back of a tandem kayak?

Today I went to paddle with a friend and he said that I should sit in the back because I'm heavier. But why is that? How does this help with the weight distribution or handling of the kayak?
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Does 'Single-oar sculling' have any use in recreational boating?

I have seen 'Single-oar sculling' on Gondola's and in crowded harbors (i.e Asia). From what I have seen on TV it looks like it is mostly an attempt to combine higher sight lines (paddle while ...
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Using paddles to support a bug net

Would it be possible to use canoe paddles - and eventually some cords and beach stakes - to hang a bug net such as this? Our paddles will be about 2 meters (6.5 feet) long and can be split in half, ...
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Repairs for severely damaged EPS/epoxy stand-up paddle board

I’ve never been on a SUP before. Many people have them in my area. I’ve seen people on them at the beach and in the river, always dreamed of having one but they've been too expensive for a new one. So ...
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Selecting a double bladed paddle for a canoe

I have a couple solo canoes, I normally just use single bladed paddles, but find I am quite limited in the wind speed I can safely paddle against on bigger lakes. I am planning on getting a double ...
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How long would it take to canoe the entire length of the Belize River upstream in July?

Hopefully someone has made this trip so I can craft a realistic scenario for a novel I’m writing. Assuming you had a crew of one experienced paddler and two inexperienced paddlers, about how long ...
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How predictable are the doldrums?

There have been a few Atlantic and Pacific row boat crossings. Poor weather is a significant risk. While it might be nice to row with the wind at your aft (back of boat), it might also be nice to ...
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