Transparent CanoeSee Through Canoe, a Colorado based company, is introducing transparent canoes and kayaks. The clear watercraft provide a more interactive experience with nature than their conventional counterparts. The cutting-edge portable products can be ordered either online or at See Through Canoe's home base in Idaho Springs.
Wednesday, 18 July 2007 08:47

New Foot Pump

Things have been very busy for me over the past couple of weeks, thus the lack of activity online.

This past weekend, I co-taught a Paddle Canada Level 1 kayaking course with my trusty teaching buddy, Sean. We had a great time, and I'm fairly certain that the students also had a good time. We had great weather for the types of conditions. The water on Lake Ontario was a little cold hovering at 12c (53f) so rescues needed to be quick and slick or else your hands numbed up in no time. Good lesson about remembering to dress for the water temperature rather then the air.

As some of you know, my foot pump broke a while ago. The diaphragm rotted out and split. It was a modified Henderson Chimp pump. I took pump into the sailing shop to order a new diaphragm and discovered that the replacement cost was extraordinary high for that model.

At the time, I decided that the best thing to do was to switch over to an electronic system. To summarize my experience with the electronic system that I built, it was a good less in designing and building something that really didn't work. Basically, it worked great when I didn't really need the pump. The second that I needed the pump in real life, I could be quite confident that it wouldn't work. I gave it a full season to sort out the bugs but to no avail. I then decided to rip the whole thing out.

Guzzler 450S Foot Pump Since pulling out the electronic system, I did hear a few, "Told you so" comments, but that is OK. It was a good learning experience. I still believe that an electronic system could be built bombproof. I just didn't have the patience to do it. Here is a great commercial system that rocks...

So, I'm back to the foot pump again. UPS just delivered to me a brand new Guzzler 450S. I'm kind of excited about getting it in. I should have it installed later this week. I will let you know how it goes.

paddler_logo.jpgPaddler Magazine has joined into a partnership with USA Canoe/Kayak that makes Paddler The Official Publication of USA Canoe/Kayak and adds more than 1200 subscribers to Paddler’s subscriber circulation base.
Friday, 13 July 2007 11:20

Royal Canadian Mint Kayak Coin

Silver Polar Year Coin The Royal Canadian Mint has just released a new limited edition $20 coin with an Inuit kayaker on it.

Here is the press release:

Two striking $20 sterling silver coins are being issued to mark Canada's recognition of the 125th anniversary of the first International Polar Year, when the first of several coordinated multinational research expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic were launched. The coins, designed by Ontario artist Laurie McGaw, prominently feature Sir Martin Frobisher who, in 1576, was the first to attempt to discover the Northwest Passage aboard the Gabriel. A ship appears alongside a 16th century compass and an Inuit paddling a traditional kayak.

7,000 of these coins are being issued with the reverse finished in stunning metallic blue hues, achieved through a unique, leading edge plasma effect. The RCM is the first Mint in the world to produce this jewel-like finish on a coin, by virtue of a proprietary coating which can produce different colours by varying its thickness. The blue effect was chosen to evoke the cold climate of both poles. Thanks to the efforts of the RCM's R&D team, the RCM continues to be a world leader in its field.

Suggested retail for the plasma effect coin is $249.95 CDN. Another 15,000 coins are offered in a proof finish and retail for a suggested $64.95 CDN.

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Johnson OutdoorsRACINE, Wis.- (Business Wire)-July 11, 2007 - Johnson Outdoors Inc. (Nasdaq: JOUT) today announced the Company, along with seven other unrelated vendors, has been tapped for a contract covering a variety of military shelters, trailers and other military supply components. This marks the third year of the contract, originally announced in September 2005, under which total combined orders could range from a minimum value of $25,000 to a maximum cumulative total value of $96 million across all eight vendors combined. No orders have been placed with Johnson Outdoors under the renewed contract.
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 05:16

Johnson Outdoors Announces Settlement

Johnson OutdoorsJohnson Outdoors Inc. (Nasdaq: JOUT), a global leader in innovative outdoor recreational products, today announced the Company has reached a settlement agreement with Confluence Holdings Corp. that will end a long-standing intellectual property dispute between the two companies. While the terms of the agreement are confidential, the settlement does not constitute an admission of wrongdoing by either party and includes a one-time payment by Johnson Outdoors of $4.4 million which is expected to have an unfavorable impact on earnings in the third fiscal quarter. The Company is scheduled to report Fiscal 2007 third quarter results on Thursday, July 26th at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. "After weighing the costs, risks and business distractions associated with continued litigation of this matter against the potential benefit, it became clear that it was in the financial best interests of the Company and its shareholders to settle and move on," said David W. Johnson, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Maryland Department of Natural ResourcesPaddlers using the thirty miles of Janes Island State Park's canoe and kayak trails will soon have even more reason to enjoy their trip. A $13,250 grant from the National Recreational Trails Program enabled Janes Island State Park to purchase a new boat, motor, trailer, and trail signs.
The Florida Times-Union, is reporting that a man was rescued in the Gulf of Mexico after clinging to his kayak for more than 54 hours. A wave knocked him over and he floated there with his boat and PFD until he was spotted by a casino boat.

Officials said they didn't know Graham was out in the gulf because no one had reported him missing.

Tuesday, 26 June 2007 17:28

Into the Wild Movie Trailer!

Into the Wild They recently released the movie trailer for John Krakauer's amazing book, Into The Wild. It is a fantastic story about a young man who gave everything he owned away and traveled around America. He eventually hitched up to Alaska where he planned to live in the wild. He was found dead in an abandoned bus 4 months later.

If you haven't read it you need to. If you don't (or can't) read, what are you doing here? Don't worry it's being released as a talking picture in September. Below is the trailer that was recently released on Spewtube.

Thanks Adventure Blog!

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