Flatwater Paddling

We carry 20+ models of Flatwater Kayaks by Hurricane, Perception, and Wilderness Systems. We have 30+ years of paddling experience to help choose the right boat for you! Call us at 1-800-339-0814.

Jun 272018
 

SUP time! Stand Up Paddling time is here!

We just did a power overnight road trip to Brunswick, Maine to pick up our summer shipment of Michael Dolsey Paddle Boards.

They look awesome was usual. We Supped Rye Beach in NH on the way up, and Herring Cove in Provincetown last week, and these boards rock, when it comes to stability and all around comfort on open moving water. Rolling waves in the ocean always present a few scary moments until you get your ‘sea legs’, then it’s so much fun!  Singing sea chanties, and looking deep into the emerald green water for lobsters, (we only saw traps!) and seeing schools of minnows and blue fish, and the seaweed waving underneath, ( last year we saw seals flying by underneath us!) you can tell I’m an ocean girl. It doesn’t get any better than that! Love it!

 

Back home on our familiar lakes and ponds near home, Chittenden, Glen Lake and Bomoseen, Woodard Reservoir and Kent Pond all have some incredible paddling. SUP paddling gives you a good strong core and shoulder work out, is great for your balance, and it is so fun and calming to cross the water on a flat calm day. It’s our early morning go to sport at camp. We have as much fun doing that as paddling our kayaks. When the breeze comes up, then it’s time to switch over to kayaks, and get a little ‘lower perspective’, it’s all fun, any time we get to spend a few hours to on the water. Love summertime!

Come check out our Michael Dolsey SUP boards. We chose some beautiful boards this year in blue, aqua, red, and silver.

We carry The Bam Bam model which is a poly carbon skinned SUP with wood veneer top and bottom, concave deck, and wide template for stability for beginners to experts.  Yoga, fitness, recreation.  Durable, Wide, and Stable.

Sizes:  10′  x 33″ x 4.25  –  142 L.     $1249

10′ 8″  x 33.5″ x 4.25. –  161 L.      $1299

And we have one more The Glider …  which is a plastic jacketed SUP, durable, wide, stable and high volume. Great for multi use, around a camp, a board everybody can use. Rentals, lessons, surfing, yoga fitness, and recreation. While with 3-tone green deck pad.

Size: 10′ 6 x 33.5″ x 5″    –  220 L     $999

 Posted by at 1:19 pm
Jun 052018
 

 

Our summer shipments of kayaks have arrived from North Carolina, from Hurricane, Perception, and Wilderness Systems.

We have narrowed down our selection even better this summer, to bring you a great choice of kayaks for everybody in the family. Every size, and every shape matters when it comes to kayak selection.

A little woman who weighs 125 lbs is certainly not going to need the same boat as a man who weighs 180 lbs. Little women need little boats! They fit better, they have a smaller cockpit, the width is narrower, they are lighter weight so they can load them by themselves. Even their paddles have a ‘small shaft’ to fit small hands better. Women are best suited to 10-12 ft kayaks for all those reasons.

A big man needs a bigger boat! For better floatation, better foot room, better bouncy, better tracking, better glide, better cruising, and more stability for fishing. A large man needs a minimum of a 12 -14 ft kayak size.

We take great pride in fitting each boat specifically to each paddler, so that they can have the best experience ever in their new kayak. If you need a rugged boat anybody in the family can use, that can be brought up on shore, and transported in the back of a pickup truck, then a Perception or Wilderness Experience ‘roto-molded’ polyethylene kayak …weighs a little more, but is way more rugged and durable.

If you are looking for an upgrade in performance, something lightweight, that is a pleasure to paddle and a breeze to carry, then a Hurricane kayak is likely your best choice. Hurricane kayaks are made of lightweight Trylon ABS thermoform plastic that does not warp or oil can like many cheap poly boats. Trylon is rigid, with an exterior UV coating to protect your Hurricane from fading or turning brittle. The acrylic coating has a beautiful shine, and they just plain look pretty! Kayaks made of Trylon weigh 10-15 lbs less than comparable polyethylene kayaks.

Come check out our selection as they won’t last long! We only brought in one shipment this year.

We are open 10-5 Tuesday through Friday. 10-3 Saturdays, and Closed on Sundays and Mondays so we can go paddling!   We are also… Closed for a one week vacation in June (17th-24th) so plan ahead … and get ready for tons of fun on the water this summer!

 Posted by at 4:33 pm
Aug 082017
 

Campsite with canoe quebec

Our family has been out paddling, canoe camping, and enjoying the beautiful summer sunsets on the water, hearing loons and having campfires. Summer doesn’t get any better than that!

We have also had more thru hikers on The Long Trail and The Appalachian Trails than any previous years. It’s great to see people out camping and enjoying nature. A couple in today were delighted to be here in Vermont hiking 270 miles, they came from California, were unable to use their permit to hike the John Muir Trail, which they had to apply for 6 months ago, because of snow conditions in the Sierra, so they came to Vermont instead, where there were no permits required, no limits of numbers of persons permitted to start the trail per day, no separate lottery permits to cross the Mt Whitney wilderness. I had no idea! How lucky we are to just ‘jump on the trail’  anytime and anywhere you want. Aren’t we the lucky ones to have it in our backyard!

 

 

 Posted by at 4:03 pm
Jul 262017
 

We hope you are all out enjoying every minute of the warm summer months. In between the rain and the cool days, there have been,  and still are, some beautiful warm days to take advantage of. We have been SUP and kayak paddling ( and PK biking) every chance we get. We’ve had a busy July so our inventory of SUP boards and kayaks is going fast. We only have one 10′ Michael Dolsey SUP left, for a smaller person, and a couple more 10’8’s, for a large size adult. These are beautiful boards, that are stable and really fun on the water, great for working on your balance, while getting that ‘core’ workout you’ve been looking for.

 

We have also been getting our long boats out, kayaking Lake George, south from Ticonderoga last Sunday. We found a great spot to launch at the Ti Town Beach on Black Point. You have to take the Shoreham,VT ferry to get there, but it’s the perfect spot to get to an open location on Lake George without a lot of busy boat traffic. We paddled north because of the wind that day, and had a thoroughly enjoyable paddle and swims. Lake George water is the best we’ve got for swimming! Our kayak inventory is getting down there too. We have 1 each of Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 & 140’s, our best plastic kayaks with a nice keel line that tracks  really well, has plenty of cockpit room, and is durable enough to use anywhere.

Lake Champlain Crossing Sept 28, 2014

Lake Champlain Crossing

 

For  lightweight polycarbonate designs that weigh 10-12 lbs less than the plastic models, and are so much easier to load and unload, as well as much faster, and sleeker on the water, we recommend Hurricane kayaks. The Santee 116 and 116 Sport (w/ bigger cockpit) are our most popular models, weighing 36-38 lbs. The Santee 126 is a great boat for a little larger person or use in a larger body of water, such as Lake Champlain. Hurricane also makes, what we think, are the best ‘sit on top’ kayaks on the market, they actually paddle like a kayak, instead of a raft!

 

This beautiful summer season is going by quickly, so it’s time to get out on the water and enjoy every day you can!

 Posted by at 2:41 pm
May 112017
 

Our spring shipment of Hurricane kayaks just arrived today from North Carolina. They look awesome!

kayaks_hurricane

These are the classiest boats around. Lightweight Hurricane kayaks are a pleasure to paddle and a breeze to carry. They will lighten your load, are super stable, and have excellent tracking and stylish aesthetics.

Hurricane kayaks are made of lightweight Trylon ABS thermoform plastic.

Kayaks made of Trylon weigh 10-15 lbs less than comparable polyethelene kayaks.

Because they are made of Trylon, Hurricanes do not warp or oil can like many poly boats.

Because Trylon is rigid, Hurricane kayaks paddle like composites at a fraction of the cost.

Trylon includes an exterior UV coating to protect your Hurricane from fading or turning brittle.

That same acrylic coating makes your Hurricane shine and will make you smile.

 

 Posted by at 3:03 pm