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Packrafting: Finally!
July 15, 2012 - Whenever I've gone on a bike tour I always end up fantasizing about boating. In particular I dream about combining biking and boating. Say if the day is windy, if I'm riding downwind along a coast I think that I could be just sailing along. ...What if I had my 25-lb kevlar C1 canoe and used it as a trailer to pull behind a 25-lb fol...  > Read Article

A Visit to Watery Waterloo...
June 13, 2012 - Spring goes so fast and/or I get so swamped that it's easy for me to miss visiting Waterloo each spring. I always like to go spend a day around there just rumpushing around. It's such a rich, lush, diverse place. --It's a park that really helps me stay sane around here! (Ingham County is the driest in the state, so I get pretty parc...  > Read Article

RIP Phil Bolger: coolest small boat designer
August 02, 2010 - This is old news for small boat people (last year even), but we no longer have the best small boat designer with us anymore. Phil Bolger was a tough old bird and he did things his way all the way to the end, and including the end. He designed 650+ boats and changed the way we look at small boats. His most recent effort is...  > Read Article

"Small Craft Advisor": the (color) magazine of small boats
February 02, 2009 - Man, a full color magazine about small boats. How much better can ya get? Well, there's "Messing About in Boats." But these are two rather different birds. You should be reading both, of course. In the world of small boats, when you're in color, you're mighty swell already. You have a subject that throws itself at you wit...  > Read Article | Go to Website

Saroca! ---The "sail row canoe" boat! Sa-Ro-Ca!
September 17, 2006 - Saroca! What a clever name. As you know, I've been on the hunt for a versatile boat. Here's one that does it all! Sail, row and paddle! It looks like it has an assymmetric hull design, wider at the back, to accomodate the rearward re-weighting that the occupants do when sailing. Neat. It has hatches front and rear to...  > Read Article | Go to Website

Raiders and 50-50's: versatile boats ahoy!
September 11, 2006 - I've been on the prowl for versatile boats lately, as per previous posts here. A couple weeks ago I did a nice, sizeable day-paddle on the lovely Grand Traverse Bay. Maybe 10 miles total. It showed me yet another reason for the Versatile boat concept. But before I get into that, we used sea kayaks that day. The sea kayak...  > Read Article

Pedal Boats: Legs better than arms
July 05, 2006 - If you really want to paddle for awhile with ease, you'd use your legs not your arms. Arms take lots more training to be able to go long distance---and even then they're still half as strong. I've known about pedal drives for some years but I hadn't realized how much work had been done recently in the area of pedal boats. I pers...  > Read Article

Haven't Done This Yet...
June 21, 2006 - I've been swamped by my bike book deadline so far this year. But it should be off to the printer in a few days. I *really really* look forward to going up north soon! --Crystal clear blue water. Rivers, lakes. The Caribbean sand of the northwoods riverbanks. That spicey pine scent--that's one of my favorites--when the hot sun hi...  > Read Article

How to Catch a Bass (World Record?)
April 29, 2005 - It's that time of year... Spring is in the air! It's time for a FISH STORY done OYB-style! ---That is, trumping the other fish stories out there. Check it out... But first, this winter I bought a $5 goodie from an online catalog that came with a note saying they were giving me two free subs to Outdoor Life and Field&Stream. ...  > Read Article

FrogFest 2003
November 12, 2004 - FrogFest 2003 ...In which we have good cheap fun...and I learn a hot new way to paddle a canoe. We had Martha's dad's birthday campout last weekend and a great time it was. He has some woodsy acres near their house that are situated with a little pond on one side and a millpond on the other. You get there by a gorgeous...  > Read Article