Trouble at Eagle Bluff Thursday, 13 September 2007
Looks like an outfitter in Okalahoma has been a little naughtily and gotten caught. It seems that Eagle Bluff Resort tried to sell 110 state-issued flotation licenses to a competitor. To purchase them from the state, it costs $5. They tried to sell them to a competitor who was looking for them for $500 each. A nice tidy profit of over 10,000 percent. They sent a contract to Arrowhead Camp asking them to sign the contract and send a deposit of $5,000. A quote from the cover letter: "The offer is not made to make profit on our investment, so the price and the terms are not open to negotiation." "I am constantly amazed when I learn more about this underground currency," said State Sen. Jim Wilson. "You cannot sell state property. These float operators try to treat the licenses as chattel. They try to get bank loans using their license capacity as proof of potential income. They don't own the licenses. They are not collateral." There has got to be more to this story as there are always two sides to it. I mean, who send a notarized contact over to a competitor asking them to pay cash when you haven't even been approved for the permits yet? It just leaves you open for...well, you know...bad press. Contact us if you know what is going on. [More info]
Hero Fills Important Niche in Jackson Kayak Lineup Thursday, 13 September 2007
Claiming it is the Number One Jackson Kayak boat yet to be released, Jackson Kayak will re-introduce the Hero series of river running boats in time for Christmas.
Site Tip - kayakpaddling.net Wednesday, 12 September 2007
My friend Serge Savard just directed me to kayakpaddling.net. It is an animated Sea Kayak Instruction website. It has full flash animations on all the basic information for somebody just getting started into kayaking. It's absolutely fantastic and I'm completely blown away. Thanks for the tip Serge!
Book Review - Sea Kayaking Strokes Wednesday, 12 September 2007
Visit your local the book section at your local outdoor store and you will find a boatload of books on sea kayaking skills. Generally speaking they are written towards the novice paddler and cover a wide range of skills from packing your boat to how to keep your boat going straight. Sea Kayak Strokes written by Doug Alderson is slightly different in that it only covers the foundation skills for paddling. By leaving out all the other areas of kayaking like rescues, camping or navigation skills, Alderson is able to focus and go into an immense amount of detail for each different boat-control skill or paddling stroke. Doug Alderson is a very analytical thinker and it is very evident as you read through the book. In it, he has taken each skill and broken it down into key points, application for real life and exercises to work on common mistakes.
Coghlan’s committed to Social Enterprise and Outdoor Accessories Tuesday, 11 September 2007
Coghlan's committed to Social Enterprise and Outdoor Accessories.