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5 Great Spring Paddles!

The sky in the spring seems bluer than other times of the year. The new green leaves seem to be a green you just don’t see otherwise. The water is at its clearest. So naturally, you want to get out in your kayak to experience it. But the water is still cold. And that other thing that accompanies spring-blue skies, the wind, is the bane of early season paddling. But as long as you dress properly and pick an appropriate destination, you can get out in your kayak to enjoy this fresh time of year. In the spring, when the wind blows over the cool water, it turn a beautifully comfortable afternoon paddle into a freezing slog. Because of this, it is best to avoid open areas. Pick a spot surrounded by trees so that

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Don’t Let This Monster Ruin Your Vacation

If you're reading this blog you're probably an adventurous person. You love the beach. You love the water. You love being outside. But even those of us who consider ourselves 'adventurous' can succomb to the monster that preys on so many adults - Routine. Yes, Routine is the worst type of monster because, at times, it is necessary. With Routine we can get more accomplished, go on auto-pilot, sometimes it allows us to relax. Routine can be a comfort. But it becomes evil when it steals time. When it turns our days, weeks, months, even years into a blur. Since we have a routine and don't have to constantly make decisions, we don't think about what we are doing. Do you remember what you had for dinner two nights ago? Do you remember what you

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A New Captain in Town!

Congratulations to Mitch Mitchell! After a long, frustrating winter spent studying charts, books, flash cards, and videos, memorizing terminology, and working through hours of navigational problems Mitch breezed through his Coast Guard Captain's License test. Why did he put himself through this? Coastal Kayak is expanding its sailing program offering Sailing Nature Cruises and more in-depth Adult Sailing Mini-Camps. Eventually we hope to incorporate a larger sailboat with an auxiliary motor into our fleet. Anyone carrying passengers on a boat with a motor for a fee is required to be a Coast Guard certified captain. We think the Maryland and Delaware beaches are The Perfect Place to Sail - miles of shorelines to explore, plenty of wind, and bays where you can both cruise to a nice, waterfront restaurant for lunch or find a quiet

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Come Sail Away…with a Coastal Kayak Mini-Camp!

We know you’ve been dreaming about sailing. Maybe you’ve pictured yourself island hopping through the Caribbean, or exploring the miles of shorelines in our own inland bays. Or maybe you just want to feel the wind on your face without hearing the drone of the motor or smelling the stink of gas. However you’re not quite sure how to get started. Our adult sailing mini-camps are your answer! During the 2019 season we’ll be offering both weekend and weekday adult sailing camps taught by an instructor with over 20 years of experience teaching sailing. The weekend camp consists of three sessions—Saturday morning from 9-12:30; Saturday afternoon from 4-7; and Sunday morning from 10-1. The weekday camp will be four 1.5 hour sessions, mornings from 10-11:30. (Please see below for dates.) In the camp you’ll learn

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A Personalized Watercraft

The word ‘kayak’ originates from the Greenlandic word ‘qayaq’ and means ‘man’s boat’ or ‘hunter’s boat.’ A personal watercraft in every sense of the term, each man built his own boat frame made of either whale bone or drift wood to his specific size requirements and his wife sewed together the seal skin to fit over it. He made the cockpit two fists larger than his waist, the length was three of his arm spans, and the depth was his fist with an outstretched thumb. Yikes, talk about a tight fit! These days procuring a kayak is as easy as clicking the keys on your computer. But some folks still want that personal connection. Coastal Kayak guide, Neil Baker, is one of those folks. Appearance, according to Neil, was the main reason he wanted to

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Celebrate like the Ancients!

Friday, December 21st is the winter solstice. It is the shortest day of the year (and the longest night) meaning it is going to get better from here on out! Every religion seems to celebrate something during this time which makes it really busy. But if possible, try to celebrate the solstice like the ancients - eat, drink, and tell stories around a fire! The following is taken from MentalFloss and BBC: Ancient people spent most of their time outdoors, so the seasons and weather played a very important part in their lives. Because of this they had a great reverence for, and even worshiped the sun. The Norsemen of Northern Europe saw the sun as a wheel that changed the seasons. It was from the word for wheel, houl, that the word 'yule' is

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A Paddler’s Christmas List

If you’re a paddler, all you want for Christmas is to be on the water. But since that might not be a possibility, a stocking full of paddling accessories is the next best thing. We’ve made a list for you to tactfully pass on to your loved-ones to avoid the Christmas-morning-fake-smile-and-the-“Oh, I’ve always wanted a tie-dyed potholder”-lie: For those who love you A LOT: Carbon-fiber Werner paddle (Your arms, wrists, and shoulders are worth it!) Dry Suit (This is the best way to extend your paddling season.) A comfortable PFD (Don't skimp on a life jacket. It might one day save your life!) For those who like you: A mobile solar-charger kit (Who cares if you ever need it; it’s just cool to have!) A kayak cart  (This will save money in the long run

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Winter Paddling Wardrobe by Mitch Mitchell

As we head into late fall the paddling opportunities improve at about the same rate that the weather deteriorates. The fall colors can make for very picturesque paddles, the surf gets better, and the inlets have much less boat traffic and more current (if you like that sort of thing). The question is what to wear? We have posted many articles about hypothermia, cold shock, etc., but I've never talked about what I personally wear and when I wear it. In early fall I usually wear wet suits. I start with a shorty or “spring suit” but, as the water gets colder, I will move to a full wetsuit. The colder the water the thicker the suit. The downside to wet suits is that for them to work properly you have to get wet. As

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My Favorite Holiday…

My favorite holiday is just around the corner. Not Thanksgiving, definitely not Christmas. It’s #OptOutside! Technically it’s not a holiday; it’s a movement - literally and figuratively! In case you’ve never heard of #OptOutside, in 2015 the outdoor gear store, REI, made the decision to close on Black Friday (that nightmarish quasi-holiday that turns people into paycheck-blowing, spending-frenzied, zombie-beasts) so that their employees could have the day to play - outside. A pretty gutsy move for a retail store. “The best data we have says that, in any given year, 150 million Americans don’t spend any time outside. That’s half the country. Day in, day out, we’re looking down instead of up, looking at our phones instead of the world around us,’” says REI CEO Jerry Stritzke. “We’re asking people this year to reevaluate that

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Coastal Kayak’s 2018 Used Kayak and Paddleboard Sale!!

Coastal Kayak's 2018 Used Kayak, Paddleboard, and Sailboat Sale Rules of the Sale! All Sales are Final! Prices are firm! Click on the name of the kayak/board you're interested in and it will take you to the product page on our website where you'll find a descriptions, photos, and where you can also purchase it if you'd like! We know you have a million questions! We love chatting with you but before calling please read through our Frequently Asked Questions!   Kayaks: (Prices do not include paddles or PFDs. Used paddles are available for $25 and PFDs range from $5-$15.) Sit-On-Top Singles: Tarpon 120 (black/white fade) - $555   Recreational Singles: Pungo 120 (lime) - $470 available   Sit-on-Top Tandems: Pescador (mango) $450 Tribe 13.5 (blue) $450 Tarpon Tandem 135 (blue/green) $650   Recreational Tandems:

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