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"Bluie East Two - 2014" is a 151 minute long video diary filmed on our paddling journey on the magical east coast of Greenland..

Although you will continue to relax in the comfort of your favorite couch, this rather long video diary will bring you to each and every step of the endeavor, from the planning stage, to the post-scriptum. You'll be able to share the pain and the joy of the two nomads, their silly bad acting and the victories of solid team work.

This video diary is also a humble tribute to the Esprit de Corps, team work and, above all, to all the men and women in uniform.

Are you ready? Welcome aboard the "U-Boat", a Long Haul Mark II Commando tandem kayak!

Please, sing along, because the two nomads sure need a lot of help singing... :)

(completed and published on Veterans Day 2014)

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Playing around with some of the footage from the Everglades Challenge and my Mac Book Pro. This event was a lot of fun and can't wait to give it a shot next year!





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During my recent trip through Florida Bay, I shot some video of the Mirage Drive while cruising in some very clear water. Although it was pretty skinny water, I was able to get some great shots of the drive in action. That is, once I got the grass cleaned off and out of the way. 


Take a look and let me know what you think!





I will be shooting more video soon on some upcoming trips to the Keys and the East Coast! If you'd like to see something specific, let me know about that too!

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It was an amazing experience and I have so much I want to share. Here are a few highlights and lessons learned from the challenge.


My total time from Tampa Bay to Key Largo was 5 days and 7 hours. I definitely could have slept less and made it sooner, but it wouldn't have been as much fun. Granted I am glad that I was encouraged to make my way across Florida Bay when I did on Thursday, I am not sure getting to Key Largo any sooner would really prove anything. 


The stars were amazing and I found myself getting lost in them as I was sailing late into the night and early mornings. One night, I recall seeing approximately 5-10 shooting stars an hour with some of the most brilliant colors blazing across the sky.


A good lesson learned came from my, Solar Panel. The Solar Panel Controller, would only let the battery reach 11v and then automatically shutdown. It was not the best situation to be in, especially when trying to hit waypoints in the middle of the night. I was prepared for this and even packed a spare, sealed-cell battery. I also had my iphone with the waypoints and a very helpful Navionics App installed. As well as, a back up handheld GPS and my water proof charts. But that is not the point... When I installed the controller in Dec I never imagined that this was going to be an issue. I will be reporting on the efficiency of the fix in a later blog.


I also learned that I packed too much food. I had packed for 7 days, but infact I should have only packed for 5days. That extra food was a lot of extra weight, not to mention the extra water I had. What was really funny, was the extra case of Gatorade I found in my hull once I was back in Tampa. LOL!  All of this is noted and I will definitely have a better perspective in preparing for my next WaterTribe Challenge.


The photos and videos will be shared soon in a more indepth look at the challenge.

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  • Al Stillman
    Al Stillman says #
    How can you post a awesome blog like this with no photo's or videos? Lets see the action!

Well its official my awesome wife gave me the green light. Here is my goal. I will arrive at Matapeake State Park on May 17, 2014 and departing 7am on May 18, 2014. I do not have a course set and I will probably just start heading south towards Smith Island. The goal is to circumnavigate Smith Island and head back up to Matapeake State Park for a May 23, 2014 departure back home.

I was going to do the NC Watertribe event but I am just not into the race part of the event.  I want to enjoy my time on the water while finding awesome places to hang up the Hennessy Hammock Tent

If your interested in joining me just shoot me an email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Welcome to a virtual campfire tended by a team of independent restless dreamers who feel the urge to roam the land and share their (mostly) video diaries. You can find most of our videos at:


We are preparing for another journey up north... more details to follow as we get closer to the departing date.


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I would like to thank Pat over at the Jersey Paddler for helping me get a few things ready for the 2014 Kayak Sailing Season. I will be doing the Water Tribe Okoumefest Challenge a 210, 5 day adventure kayak sailing race that includes camping and sailing

Here is a link to more info

But in general when I do multi day trips I like to have ALL of the most common parts that could fail me. Most of what I am ordering is suppose to break or fail with right amount of pressure or force.

So here it is, what you see below is what I carry in my Hobie Adventure Island on every trip

10091000 DRAIN PLUG - x2

79050211 DRAIN PLUG - Below Rudder - x2

79050212 O-Ring - Below Rudder - x2

8032081 SHEAR BOLT - x2

8052081 NUT - x2


This is not 100% done yet, I will update shortly after I recieve the parts catalog



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Here is a link to my article.



(Tutorial Finished Map Teaser, [low-quality])

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Anyone that knows me or has paddled with me knows that I like to do the same thing, the same way every time I hit the water. I like to know my sun block is in the same spot on the PDF, the water bottle is behind the seat, and my powerbar is in the right pocket of my pfd. I like it to be mind memory, like I am not even thinking and I just grab my knife, because it always in the same spot on the life vest. Do you know what I mean?

While kayak, sailing or fishing or any combination of the 3, when it goes wrong or bad it happens fast and load. I like to think I am ready for all situations but we all know you can never be ready for everything. So with that said I adopted my Kayak Safety Tip "Right for Ready" and "Left for Life"

Right for Ready" and "Left for Life" came from a fireman rescue show on the discovery channel a saw a few years ago. The firemen were talking about firefighter safety and they follow this rule when putting gear into their pockets of their fire proof suits. The put anything that can save their lives like knives, strobes flashlights ect on the left side, LEFT for life or live saving. They put other gear that they need to have ready on the RIGHT.

On my PFD I put things that can safe my life on the LEFT like:

•VFH / Cell





Then on my RIGHT side of the PFD I put things I need to have ready like:

•Sun Block and lip stuff

•Powerbar or Cliff bar

•Pliers to cut fishing line remove hooks


•Paddling gloves

What’s your kayak safety tip? Let’s hear from you about what kayak safety tips works for you. 


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  • Garrison Vizina
    Garrison Vizina says #
    This is really interesting. I have never heard the "right for ready" "left for life". I do something similar, I have a Kokatat Out

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This is just a quick check-in as I prepare for the Race Inspection tomorrow. All the preparation and planning are about to pay off. Everything is, "Bagged, Tagged and Tucked Away" in the kayak. I can't believe how much food I have actually packed. I won't bore you with the details, but let's just say I won't go hungry. Most items are double bagged and labeled. One thing I did this time is use the smaller size dry bags so things could actually be tucked in all areas in the hull. What an experience this has been so far and the excitement continues to build.

Stay Tuned...

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    Al Stillman says #
    oh yeah Butch your killing me! You got me all pumped up talking to you on the phone seeing your pics. I can't even go out and sit

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Hello everyone. I would like to welcome you to this initial chapter of my blog. There is so much I would like discuss here and in order to discuss them in a more coherent manner I decided to give you a list of future topics in this chapter. This first chapter will consist of tutorials and some thoughts I have along the way while planning for my 2014 Trip. I enjoy logistics. I enjoy how all the pieces, if crafted correctly, create a time piece that works flawlessly. With that said if by any chance you have a difference of opinion in my proposed methods, by all means please let me know. I am always interested in feedback, the builder of future successes, and welcome it with open arms.

A little about my trip...

At the beginning of June I plan to paddle/sail my Delta 16 kayak from Skagway, AK to Bellingham, WA. I propose that I will take 100 days to complete this 1900 mile journey. Throughout my trip I will be making periodic stops along the way for resupply.

(Above is an example of the maps you can easily create through ArcGIS with minimal instruction, took me about 2 mins on each map)

This leads us to our first chapter...Route Planning (and please let me know if this would actually be helpful to any of you, the more helpful the better I will make it, which works the better I make it the more useful to you!)... My subsequent post will include a detailed tutorial that allows ANYONE to plan, study, and print out topographical maps from your area of importance. The way I have worked, so far, with my maps is using GIS to access global (and USGS) topo maps. This is easily done through ArcGIS Online catalog. Now I understand you all may be saying "But I don't know how to use GIS" or "But GIS is expensive or I don't have the program". Never you fear, a free program trial for GIS 10.2.1 (with all the functionality you will need) is available HERE, all you need to do is create an account with ESRI. So go and get it. If you aren't familiar with ArcGIS please wait for my next post!


Future posts:

Gear planning, Rationing, Training and Conditioning, Risk Management and Response

Thank you for reading, more to come!


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  • Garrison Vizina
    Garrison Vizina says #
    It's going off, thanks guys. Be ready for some more stuff coming up this next month!
  • Al Stillman
    Al Stillman says #
    Garrison welcome aboard as a KSM editor I am personally looking forward to all your reports and yes please give as much detail abo
  • Butch Newell
    Butch Newell says #
    That sounds like a great adventure. I am jealous! I can't wait to hear more about your preparations leading up to launch. ~Butch

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Here's another situation that I am hopefully prepared for in the Everglades Challenge. As I make my way south towards Key Largo, I have established several places where I could possible stop to camp. However, with 139 WaterTribe competitors going the same way I am, those spots could fill up quick. So, again I feel it is important to have a "Plan B" on what to do should that happen. I just can't say enough, about my satisfaction with the Hobie Tandem Island. It's because of the TI, I have a great' "Plan B" and here are the other items that make it possible:

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  • Butch Newell
    Butch Newell says #
    Thanks Austin! I did hear about the outer banks trip and that sounds like a lot of fun. I can help out with the 'Roll Bar' stuff.
  • Austin Tiongco-Dee
    Austin Tiongco-Dee says #
    Looks like an awesome setup. I like what you have done with the solar panel. Al and I need to set one up like that soon. Good luck

2014 Everglades Challenge,is basically a 300 mile, expedition style adventure race for kayaks, canoes, and small boats. Their is a time limit of 8 days or less with your safety and well being all up to you. The course runs from Fort Desoto (Tampa Bay) to Key Largo. They say half the battle is just getting to the starting line and I would have to agree. This is the first of my blogs about this race and how I am preparing for it both physically and mentally.

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In the winter is the time I start planning some of my goals for the year. This year its going to be less kayak fishing tournaments and more long range, multi day trips kayak sailing.

Austin and I have 2 trips planned this year one down in North Carolina on the pamlico sound sound and the other on northern end of the Chesapeake Bay. All are welcome.

Also excited about re rigging my adventure island with a PVC system behind the cockpit for a solar tower and also a place to sit to change things up.

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    Austin Tiongco-Dee says #
    Trip will be an amazing time the more people the better, sailing around is going to be a blast. Ill be trolling my rigs as always

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The time for me to leave the Army is getting closer. Next Saturday I will be on a plane leaving Germany and back in good old NJ. I am thinking about doing both a written and video blog online of all my fishing trips, sailing trips, and just good times with everyone from this site, ECKF, and friends. I hope everyone will enjoy watching and reading what I have to say and do. I know we have a huge trip coming up in June which should be a blast, everyone is welcome to come just PM Yakman or myself. I also have gear to be tested and water to hit fishing that I haven't been to in a few years. I also plan on doing a weekend trip down the delaware river to Cape May point ending around Diamond Beach which will be filled with fishing, camping, wildlife and more. I look forward to the adventures that I will be sharing with everyone. 

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    Looking forward to reading your posts, and videos Austin. I've been trying to catch up since J-Bay. We had a blast at J-Bay. It wa

It might feel as though the main concern for boating newcomers is how to get to grips with piloting the thing as fast as possible, but in the early days more than anything else there’s nothing more pressing than basic safety.

There are so many simple, minor and common sense safety considerations that go overlooked each and every day, resulting in all manner of accidents and incidents that could easily have been avoided.

And whilst it may be of critical importance to attend classes like the RYA first aid course to learn some of the more crucial techniques, most boating safety really does come down to nothing more than common sense.
Here are a few pointers for those new to the game:

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    Admin says #
    John thank you for sharing this some grear advice and good information
  • Austin Tiongco-Dee
    Austin Tiongco-Dee says #
    Great Basic information for new sailors out there. what we have here is something that you need to follow. Hope you can swim if y

JBAY is going to be our last major trip in preparation for our 100 mile kayak sailing adventure in June. I am looking forward to testing the Falcon Sail System on the Ocean Kayak Manta and also the Falcon Sail on the Hobie Adventure Island. We will have 3 full days to also look at the our dry bags, gear , ect that we need to get into the kayaks for the trip.

The 4 days will give Dennis, Carl and I some time to make final plans and any adjustments to the trip with the core team we have have going

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I have created my list and I have laid out the gear in the man cave. Without even asking another person I have to much stuff. Here are my thoughts to reduce gear

1.Instead of taking 2 sets of dry gear for different conditions, I am just going to wear my Drysuit all the time. This will reduce the extra bag and weight.

2. Tent and Hammock? after looking at all I would like to take this choice is also easy. I am bring the Northface Base Camp. It will sleep 4, with gear in front area and 3 with gear inside. We can also just deploy the rain fly with the poles to keep sun and rain off of us. Another easy decision. 

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  • Al Stillman
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    I am always cold, for some reason, thats why I am wearing drysuit. I will have a last minute option in the truck I have been layi
  • Austin Tiongco-Dee
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    I am still wondering if I should use a drysuit or not. I have a single pop up tent that is really small I might bring with still n

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As the Capt of the Jersey Paddler Hobie Island Club I was asked to attend the event by Jersey Paddler to get the word out and try to meet Hobie Island owners in the area. The goal of the club is to have a outing every year where we all get out on the water and sail together. Its a awesome time to meet other Island owners who have similar interests.

What I really like about PaddleSport is that you get the largest variety of kayakers in one place, talking kayaking. I had the Hobie Adventure Island rigged up for the show to show the crowd how versatile the Hobie Island can be. The Hobie Adventure Island is most versatile kayak on the planet. Paddle, Peddle and Sail the Hobie Adventure Island does all of those things.

As a ambassador to kayaking, kayak fishing and kayak sailing world I had the time to stop and talk with others at the show about kayak sailing and introduce them to Kayak Sailing Magazine.

Next year I hope to be able to setup a booth for Kayak Sailing Magazine, where I can work with a few manufactures of kayak sails and offer them for sale at show. But also to setup some workshops on how to rig a kayak, any kayak for sailing adventures.

All in All a greart show



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    Austin Tiongco-Dee says #
    I think this is a great idea to do this club for everyone who has an AI or TI to come together and sail and have a good time. Your

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Gear that you have and wouldn't leave without when heading out sailing or fishing for the day. 

If you can ... don't go out alone. It is always better to fish with a friend and to travel together in case something happens. Plus who is going to get that awesome shot of you out there on the water with that monster fish?

When I head out fishing I never ever leave without my 2way radio and my SPOT GPS. The radio is great for reaching other nearby boats or Yakers that can help plus a station like mine where I can reach the coast guards. The SPOT satellite messenger, I have the old addition looking to buy the new one works amazing if ever in distress and a way your family or friends can tack you to see where you are going and where you are at. As long as it can pick up satellites then you'll be transmitting your location. If in an emergency a red button is all you have to push and a 911/sos goes out and trust me someone will be there they have people monitoring this all the time. 

Some other good ideas before heading out would be to make sure you have a floating dry box for a cellphone and extra batteries with a few numbers of people you can call locally such as a friend living on the coast or a few Captain's numbers if something happen you could get ahold of so they can rescue you. I know in our area NJ/NY the winds/tides can be nasty at times and with just a paddle takes a tole where you feel like you cant go no more, once you stop the tide takes you right back out leaving you where you started or further out to sea. Here is a good time to make sure in one of you hatches you have a dry bag with some warm cloths in there. If you like I do at 6am some days getting in around 6pm your body is beat and it get cold out there.  

Always check the Marine forecast before heading out on a trip. Sometimes in a Yak when you are out on the water and a storm is coming in remember that in a Yak where you are going looks close by but its a ways away. When fog rolls on in be very careful make sure other boats hear and see you. 

Here is a list of things on my Yak.

  1. Proper Clothing for any situation
  2. PFD on your body with two strobe lights one in front and back. 
  3. Bilge pump
  4. 2 way radio
  5. Compass or GPS
  6. Paddle Leash
  7. Whistle
  8. Knife attached to PFD
  9. Rope I normally carry around 25-50 feet with me. 
  10. Flash Light, I use a green military lazer that travels for miles very thick green lazer.
  11. Sail Plan
  12. First Aid Kit
  13. Extra Paddle
  14. Water Bottles

This is just the basics if of what you should have in any situation. So stay safe and keep those lines tight. 

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Going over articles, blogs, and discussions on what to find during our 2013 Kayak Sailing trip I have narrowed it down. During the earlier month there are a good amount of weakfish all over the place and slowly die down as the months go by. The stripers come around now when the water temp is just right, during the month we will be going the water heats up a bit and we will have to fish a bit deeper for them from what I am reading. I a purchasing a good amount of sinker Rapala Lures to troll while we sail in the deeper parts of the Peconic Bay and surrounding areas which I will let people use to hook up to a nice striper. If you want a good bucktail will also do the trick. Like most if you see some stripers on the top use poppers or any other top water lure you feel comfortable using. The blues, flounders and flukes are all over the place. During the Captains meeting at camp we will look for a few good spots to hit up and fish on the map if we are not crunched for time for the tide to get to our next location. This trip is long and timing means a lot here. Every now and then I hear of a small tuna out by Gadiners Bay where the water stay deeper and moves out to open water.  So out of all these fish to catch flounder, mackerel, blackfish, weakfish, striped bass,bluefish, porgies fluke, bluefish, shark, tuna, cod and striped bass. 80 world records came from Long Island. This place will be a blast to fish and I hope more people come out on the adventure with us. Long Island is also known for its amazing views with large and sandy beaches. I will be bringing also a surf rod with me I think for when we camp and cook just to have a line out in the water. 

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They always say it’s the first step that matters the most – something that could not be more on the money in the world of sailing. It’s a simple case of millions of people all across the UK spending their whole lives wondering what the life aquatic might be like, but never making that first vital step toward finding out. A shame to say the least, given the fact that most dip their toes for the first time – figuratively and literally – and are converted for life.

And what’s more, it really isn’t as difficult as most think to get started, it’s just a case of having the resolve to actually take the bull by the horns and go for it!

Read Up

First on the list of things to do is to find yourself a good boating website where you can further light your fire by reading up on what the world of boating has to offer and where it can lead both hobby and career-wise. There are quite simply never enough good and dedicated sailors out there, which means for those willing to stick with, the sky really is the limit. Have a good read and chances are you’ll already be hooked!

Look Up

Next, use if possible the same sailing portal to look into the various courses and training opportunities being held up and down the UK, in order to find out where and when the courses are that are suitable for first-timers. Unless of course you’ve already got your seal legs, then you can have a look for refresher courses and the more advanced training options – all online and all just a few clicks away!

Book Up

After this, follow the instructions of the sailing site to visit that of the course provider and make a booking – this is the turning point of all turning points and could represent the commitment that changes your life forever! You could even train abroad if doing so tickles your fancy.

Get Up and Go!

And as far as step four goes, it’s all a case of getting up, getting out there and going for it! It’s so easy today to cover about 99% of the boring necessities by using just a single sailing website that covers all bases, but as far as putting things into practice goes, it’s up to you and you alone to find out what you’re made of.

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I have been working over the weekend to take inventor on dry bags and other gear and I am going to need for the trip. Looks like I am going to place a order with Sealline Dry bags


Adventure Island ( My Gear Bag )

  1. Knifes, sun block and lip stuff
  2. Wallet

Adventure Island (Outriggers Tramps)

  1. 3 Person North Face Tent, poles, rain fly and pegs - LOCATION= on the tramps
  2. Sleeping Bag and Air Mattress - LOCATION= on the tramps
  3. Personal Clothes and Gear bag - LOCATION= Sealline dry bag rear of seat

Adventure Island (Inside Front Hatch)

  1. Food
  2. Tarp
  3. Water

 Adventure Island (Inside Rear Hatch)

  1. Replacement Pins for Rudder
  2. My Adventure Island repair and needed parts kits

 Adventure Island (Inside Cockpit Hatch)

  1. Small Bag fishing gear
  2. First Aid Kit, hook removal system


 Adventure Island (Camp Dry Bag)

  1. MSR Cooking Pots and Pans,
  2. Personal, tea cup,bowl, plate, sporks, knife
  3. 4 Water Bottles for Day use

 Yellow Pelican Dry Box

  1. Canon Camera
  2. Portable Tripod
  3. Olympus Waterproof Camera

Sealline Dry Bag (Orange)

  1. Toothbrush, soap, Noxzema,


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  • Austin Tiongco-Dee
    Austin Tiongco-Dee says #
    Okay so this list is a quick put together will see better once I start to lay everything out. Adventure Kayak (My Gear Bag) 1. K
  • Austin Tiongco-Dee
    Austin Tiongco-Dee says #
    From the other post I will mark off what I have from the two Charts you posted before in the Article section for our sail trip. I

Find the Reel that fits your fishing style. What do we look for when purchasing a reel? The quality of the reel pops in our head every time and when fishing saltwater you need to make sure you are buying the right saltwater reel. Fishing saltwater without a saltwater reel will cause the reel to corrode and this will badly damage the way the reel works. The best reels to prevent this are made from Resin, Titanium, and or Stainless Steal. Just because now the search is narrowed down does not mean will be spending a lot. There are tons of reels out there that will work perfect for your style of fishing and will not put a dent into your wallet.

Now figure out what type of fishing you will be doing. Will it be inshore fishing where a better casting reel would work great inshore? Or are leaning more towards deep sea fishing, where casting does not matter but more the line capacity and strength for those larger game fish. Here we decide to use from three options spinning reels, baitcasting reels, or conventional reels.

With Inshore fishing the best choice to start with would be the spinning reel. The spinning reel is the easiest reel to use without worrying about the dreaded backlash or rats nest! What is backlash?

An example would be.

School of fish in front of you, you and your buddies are hooking up left and right having the highlight of your trip. You go to cast again and here is where it all happens. You have your finger on the spool casting out just a little to loose and the reel knows it and will decide to strike at any moment but it waits for the right time. As you pull back and over letting your rod tip direct where your lure is going it fly’s out heading towards the school of fish. Well the reel does not like to spin and let all that line out but eventually it gives up and starts spinning letting line loose. With the reel now spinning having force behind it, it sees it opportunity to strike once the lure hits the water and it does causing a huge loose, knotted, tangled octopus of line at your finger tip not being able to reel in. With the force that the reel was spinning when the lure hit the water the line stopped but the reel kept going cause the line to back loop all over the place causing the backlash. With you all tangled your out of fishing for a bit as your friends pull in fish around you. So the spinning reel would be the best choice for inshore fishing and not to worry about backlash. There are a few options to choice from when you find your spinning reel do you want from light, to heavy weight. Most of this is the amount of line you can put on the reel. It will said 4/110 for line capacity also 6/110 for braid meaning 4 or 6 being the test of the line how strong it is and the 110 is the amount of line total that can go on the reel. Remember if using braided line to back the spool up first. Braid has a tendency to wear your reel and rods eyes like crazy. Max drag, ball bearing, recovery is another option to look at when you purchase.


The baitcasting reel is a great reel with a better gear ratio for making pulling in those lures a bit easier. Myself when I am out on the water fishing, throwing the line out, cranking it back in for hours you tend to get tired. The baitcasting reel is much easier on the retrieval then the spinning reel with one downfall. BACKLASH!!, yes the dreaded backlash which we talked about previously. With these reels you can use a breaking system that slows in down but you need to make sure you set it correctly before heading out on the water. If you have a weak thumb make sure to add more break on the reel, the less break me more pressure you will have to add while casting. If backlash does happen I put the reel on free spool and pull line out until I get to the main loop where the problem occurred, untangle or un knot the line and work you way back when retrieving the line back into the reel make sure to keep good tension on the line when cranking back in. On the baitcasting reel you will see all the same specs of the reel. 12/175 for line capacity with 30/160 of braid, number of bearing it has, max drag, and recovery. These rods are great rods for those long hours out on the water but will bit if your not cautious.

The conventional reel is a must if you want that trophy tuna or the battle of a lifetime. There are countless reasons why this reel is a must. First, this reel is not for casting long distances like the spinning and baitcasting reels. This reel provides you with the greatest line capacity and cranking power for your money.

The conventional reel is a great reel for the vertical fishing. You have a heavy sinker on and just let it drop waiting or jigging the bottle for that fish. Don’t get me wrong you can also use this reel for trolling as well. The reason why most use it for vertical fishing is the cranking power it allows you to have making it almost effortless till that big eye grabs your line or Marlin. These reels come in a few different sizes depending on the fishing you plan on doing the sizes range on the reel for example a 20, 30 or 50. Lets go over a 30 reel to give you an insight on what the conventional reel does over the spinning and baitcasting reel. For line capacity we have 30/600 and 50/1210 braided line, Ball bearing, max drag, recovery 37.0/16.0, and weight. Here we can see the difference on just how much line these reels can hold but also all that line to untangle if you mess up.

Make sure on all reels you check the gear ratio to understand gear ratio think of it as as a gear inside the reel which there is that turns for the line to be retrieved. If you have a one-to-one gear ratio ( 1.0.1 ) this means that that one rotation of the reel handle with have one rotation of the reel spool. A low gear in fishing line will provide more torque when a higher gear ratio will recover the line faster. There are high speed reels and two speed reels that are sold now. Take into consideration every aspect before buying your reel.

Now that you have your reel, if you paid over 200 or below doesn’t matter since you did your research and found the reel that fits your needs. With saltwater make sure after every time you go fishing to take apart clean and lube. Saltwater sitting in your reel will hurt your reel in the long run. 



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Contrary to popular belief, sailing is an activity and a possible career path that is infinitely easier to get into than most expect. For the vast majority, the nautical world might as well be a different planet, when in reality nobody is more than a couple of courses away from discovering a new side to the world and perhaps themselves.

Of all the courses on offer, the RYA Day Skipper Courses are among the most popular in the UK and the world as a whole. Primarily aimed at those that have already had at least a little experience in the world of boating, day skipper courses are seen as some of the most important for taking all further steps toward competence and ultimate professionalism.

So, what exactly is needed in terms of skills and knowledge built up beforehand, and who are these popular courses most suitable for?

Previous Experience

With Day Skipper Sailing Courses it is assumed that those taking part have already dipped their proverbial toes in the wet-stuff to a modest extent at least. While there are no specific demands in place, the RYA suggests that a person should have around five days of experience and a minimum of around 100 logged nautical miles.

As far as theory goes, anyone looking to take the day skipper course is expected to have prior knowledge of helmsmanship and navigation at least to a remedial level, which is why there is also a theory-based day skipper course offered that can be taken by those lacking the recommended theory before hitting the water.

What to Expect

The course is relatively intensive and covers quite a lot of ground over the time of five days. These five days of sailing and training can be spaced out if necessary, though it is recommended that the gaps be kept short to keep things fresh and on-going.

On the way, attendees will cover among other things:

-> Sailing preparation
->Night Sailing
->Navigation skills
->Dealing with emergencies
->Sailing under power
->Sailing under wind
->Deck duties
->Basic repairs
->Sailing laws

All in all, a pretty comprehensive listing which is why although the RYA day skipper course is generally open to anyone and represents a crucial step forward, it is technically only aimed at those that have already got to grips with the fundamentals.

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    Al Stillman says #
    that's a nice kayak

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We get tons of emails asking what our standard equipments is for most trips. So I decided to start a quick blog to talk it thru so others could see

So this list is for everyday kayak sailing with good conditins


  1. Cliff Bar or energy bar. I carry enough for the trip and some extra in my PFD
  2. Water. Usually a hydration bladder behind my seat and 2 other bottles. In the summer I carry Gatorade
  3. I also like to take peanut butter sandwiches, they are quick and I enjoy them


  1. Sunblock for your skin, but don't forget about your lips, ears and nose
  2. PFD, with Knife, whistle, vhf radio and signaling device. I also pack my PFD like I am going to be separated from the kayak. So the PFD has gear for ending up in the water for extended period of time. Think about the statement, extended period of time. So whatever you think you might need to get yourself out of that bad situation you should have on the vest.
  3. FIX Kit, this is a fix kit for my specific kayak, Hobie Adventure Island. So with the Adventure Island I have 2 replacement rudder pins. I have replacement screws for every screw that holds the aka's and ama's, so I can make repairs if necessary.

Kayak Sailing Gear (This will change depending on your kayak and sail rig)

  1. Mast and Sail
  2. Aka's and Ama's (outtriggers and pontoons)
  3. Seat for the kayak
  4. Paddle / Peddle Drive, mirage drive because I have a Hobie
  5. Centerboard or Dagger Board
  6. Tramps or Haka Boards (Depending on that days adventure)

Clothing and/or Protection From the Elements

  1. Drysuit
  2. Dry Top and/or Dry Pants
  3. Waterproof Boots
  4. Smartwool Socks
  5. Winter Hat
  6. Visor or Baseball Cap
  7. Sunglasses with Croakies, spare pair of sunglasses for extended trips
  8. SPF Sun/Fishing Shirt to keep the sun off you
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  • Austin Tiongco-Dee
    Austin Tiongco-Dee says #
    You hit the nail on the head here that is the basic on what you would need. Now e need to come up with one for a 5+ Day Trip. That
  • Al Stillman
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    All suggestions are welcome, thanks

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An exciting package arrived at Seakayakphoto Towers yesterday. Its elongated shape and Australian postmark had me salivating in anticipation. Four prototype sails for future models of Flat Earth Kayak Sails have been sent for final testing to Florida, Queensland, England and Scotland, and am I lucky to get my hands on the Scottish one? Kathy in Florida and GnarlyDog in Queensland are getting 1.0sqm versions but Duncan and I in the UK are getting 0.8sqm versions. This in no way reflects any inadequacy in GB paddlers but represents that we don't get steady trade winds. Our winds tend to be generated by low pressure systems and as a result are gusty.

This sail is likely to be called the "0.8" (for 0.8sq m). The whole sail is made of what Flat Earth Kayak Sails call Code Zero cloth. This is a mylar/dacron laminate, which is reinforced by spectra threads. It is much lighter than either the standard all dacron sail or the XP sail, which is dacron reinforced with code zero material on the leech, like my blue/white sail. The current standard size sail is available in Code Zero cloth but this new sail has a completely different cut.

The new cut has oriented the panels and the seaming to encourage twist at the top of the roach but also to put more fullness into the luff than the previous sail. The length of the luff and the full length sprit batten are unaltered but area has been moved from the bottom of the sail higher up and appears as an extended roach in the leech between the top of the sprit and the clew. The roach is supported by two mini battens that are sewn into the leech. This effectively makes it a lower aspect sail and because the cut has also been altered to put a deeper draught into the sail (with the fullness well forward towards the luff) it should make it more powerful for its size. Because the mast length is unaltered, the centre of effort of the sail will be moved higher into cleaner air, which should encourage good clean laminar flow across the sail. I really can't wait to try it out.

Please note these are prototypes and the final production version is likely to change before it is introduced some time in 2012. As it is likely that the current well tried standard sail will continue in production alongside the new sail for some time, I would encourage anyone who is thinking of taking up sea kayak sailing to go ahead and buy the standard sail now. As the mast and fittings are the same, you could always upgrade in the future, by just buying a new sail.

Talking of fittings there is also a new prototype mast foot. As you can see when the mast is vertical the mast rests firmly on a large penny washer. (It would rest even flatter if I had not mounted the mast base offset to avoid the inverted V of the Delphin deck!) This should get round the problem reported by some high wind sailors where the old tendon joint deforms under pressure loosening of the stays in the gusts.

 Yet when the rig is lowered, the tendon joint magically reappears!

If you pull the mast back as far as the stays will allow, then you can see the secret. The tendon is fitted into a little stubbie  (I think that is the correct strine description) mast that slides into the main mast.

What an elegant design. I think this new design will benefit even more than the current design from having two side stays at right angles to the mast and a back stay. So if you just use two rear mounted sidestays and no back stay, now is the time to get the drill out!

Again this new mastfoot design is just a prototype, so Mick has instructed that I chuck as much sand and wind at it as I can. Delighted to oblige Mick!

What bonzer news from Flat Earth Kayak Sails! This new rig looks a right bottler!
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The Hobie Island Club is a place to meet other Hobie Mirage® Adventure Island and Hobie Mirage Tandem Island owners to share passions for the waterways and oceans of our world. Hobie Dealers are organizing local Island Clubs worldwide. The Hobie Island Club will assist in the introduction of Island owners to one another where dreams of sailing to places unknown and countless adventures can become a reality.

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WOW I sailed this boat 4 years ago when I was on the Hobie Kayak Fishing Team. I just couldn't believe all the improvements that were made on the boat

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Kayak Sailing Magazine 2013 Project. We have had lots of input from the Hobie Kayak Sailing Forums and others in the kayak sailing community. There will be nothing that this boat won't have if it makes sense for long range kayak sailing adventures. We have even gone overboard with Lowrance chart potter, sonar and gps. 

Any suggestions, feedback would be appreciated. 



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  • Austin Tiongco-Dee
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    This is the must have kayak for fresh and saltwater fishing. This is a great setup we have here my only suggestion would be on the

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I have always been a gear head. I do the research and usually pay more for better quality gear and always buy gear from companies where they have no questions asked when it comes to returning the product or standing behind there product.

I have a OtterBox case for my Ipad I dropped the Ipad and the case cracked. I sent the company some pictures of the crack and then sent me a tracking number for one that shipped out the next day.

Thanks OtterBox

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Welcome to KSM - Kayak Sailing Magazine. We are currently working on the site and getting all the hosting and in order.  We are currently looking for kayak sailors to become part of the staff at KSM. As a staff member you will enjoy the ability to test state of the art equipment provide detailed user reviews for our community and our sponsors.

We also need editors that have the ability to video, photograph and create stories and detailed field reports about kayak sailing adventures and in the field gear testing.

We will learn together and create a kayak sailing community filled with all the information you will ever need. 



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Here at Kayak Sailing Magazine are assembling a team of dedicated kayak sailors to bring you information and insights into this exciting and growing sport. Our diverse team is spearheaded by kayak sailors who live the sport and have a passion to enlighten and share their experience. 

In our monthly issues you will find articles on a variety of subjects that'll bring you an in depth look at trips, gear and kayak sailing destinations, kayak and sailing gear reviews, buyers guide, new products and events. Each new issue is emailed to the subscriber FREE. We also have kayak fishing forums for those who want to take part in the community.

We value participation and encourage it and are always glad to hear from you. We want your ideas, insights, questions and articles. Sign up for free


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