Kayaking

Essential safety gear for kayaks

A cheaper alternative to an EPIRB are flares. Flares can be bought from most marine shops for about $70. The rules for paddling at night would have to the most ambiguous of all. At present it is only necessary to have an all-round white light when paddling on the Brisbane River. However, at a minimum you should carry a light, …

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Tips on transporting kayaks

Every combination has its difficulties and I usually try a few different ways before deciding on which setup nests together the tightest. Even pairing the big Hobie with a small kids’ kayak is no problem. Adding two or more kayaks to the roof of the car increases drag noticeably and decreases fuel economy, in my experience adding just over two …

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How to Choose a Kayak

Primary stability refers to how a kayak feels when you first get in, or that ‘tippy’ feeling. The majority of new kayakers will want good primary stability, but in saying this, you learn very quickly how to control that tippy feeling. Wide, flat-bottomed kayaks are great for enclosed waters or standing up to fish, but the trade-off is speed and secondary stability. …

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Wilson Soft Shell Jacket

WITH winter in full swing, Wilson has released its Soft Shell Jacket. This full-length, Australian-sized jacket is made from specific materials designed to stop the wind from breaking through the outer layer and getting into your under layers of clothing and cooling you down. The jacket is also water resistant and fitted out with waterproof zippers to provide a degree …

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Brisbane Boat Show 2016

It will have lots to offer for both the experienced boatie and those new to the lifestyle. Education and entertainment again play a big part in ensuring the show provides a great day out. While the boats remain the show’s heroes, also expect to be able to get all your gear for your boating and fishing needs. This year the show will …

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New kayak shop in Cleveland: Paddle Mad

Affordability and quality are the cornerstones of the brands stocked by Paddle Mad, with Aussie-made Koastal Kayaks leading the charge. Built tough for Australian conditions and with a 10-year warranty to boot, you can be sure these kayaks will handle anything you throw at them. In addition, once you’ve decided on the model that’s right for you, it’s possible to …

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Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight Review

Whether it’s a power pack, solar panel, solar generator, lantern or even speakers, Goal Zero has a product to get you powered up, regardless of how remote your location may be. Back to the aptly named Torch 250 (combined LED light output of 250 lumens) – weighing a scant 408g, you won’t be weighed down as you trek across Australia’s …

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In Search of Redcliffe Snapper

I usually fish fairly light, with 20lb main line and about a rod length of 40lb leader. I like a fast-action 5-10kg rod of about 7’, and I am in love with my Samurai Elevate. This rod is light but has plenty of grunt when needed. The light tip makes detecting even the slightest bite a breeze, and it casts like a dream due to the Fuji K series guides. As for reel selection, …

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