If you have June 22 free on your calendar you should really consider making your way to Peterborough Ontario and visit the Small Craft Rendezvous currently being organized by the Canadian Canoe Museum.
It’s going to be a jam-packed day celebrating all things small craft including demonstrations of canoe canvassing by Carlisle Canoes, back-country cooking, tool sharpening by Lee Valley Tools and wood bending Michael Fortune.
What makes this event unique from pretty much everything else in the paddling world is that your MC for the day is actor, woodworker, canoe builder and all-round funny guy, Nick Offerman. You might remember him from the TV show, Parks and Recreation.
Check out this quick promotional video for Deep Cove Canoe & Kayak centre in North Vancouver, British Columbia. There is just something about aerial video that makes paddling look like the most relaxing activity in the world.
Watch the whole thing then watch the opening shot again. That big, sweeping single shot is brilliant.
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Delorme, makers of the two-way satellite communicator, inReach have released a major update to the unit. Now called the inReach SE, the biggest change is the addition of a built-in colour screen and virtual keyboard making it even easier to send and receive messages to loved ones back home.
The biggest advantage to the new screen is that you no longer need to specifically pair the unit (via Bluetooth) to a smartphone to be able to receive texts as the old unit and now does it all by itself. That being said, you still have the ability to connect to your smartphone to manage all messages if you want.
The new inReach SE is now just under ½ the thickness as before so it will be easier to fit in your lifejacket pocket (I always felt the old version to be a little chunky).
As with the older inReach models you can use it to trigger an SOS and communicate back and forth with the search and rescue centre or set-up automatic tracking and share your current location with friends/family or social media.
The MSRP is $299 plus a minimum monthly subscription that starts at $14.95. The nice thing with Delorme's subscription plan is you can easily suspend or cancel the service during the off-season when you are realistically just going to get lost at the mall.
More info: inreachcanada.com
If you are anything like me you've always wanted to own your own pirate ship. Admit it, you have.
It's time to get yourself over to St. Louis and pick up this 50 foot houseboat. Yes it's $79,000 but think of the adventures you could have!
Here is the ad from Craigslist:
Built on 50' 1988 Gibson houseboat. Brand new twin 454s, Kohler generator, V drives. Holds 30 people, looks like a Hollywood set! Great as a live aboard...and an AWESOME party boat! 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. Just surveyed for $110,00, will sell for $79,000 - trades considered. Call 314-***-*****.