Author: Mat

Venture Islay 14 Sit on Top

The Venture Islay 14 SOT is the first sit on top to come out of the workshops of the Cheshire based brand, but they are far from new to the broader world of kayaking. Venture is well established in the closed-cockpit world with a well-respected line-up of touring kayaks. They’re also the sister brand to Pyranah, much renowned for their river and freestyle boats. That’s a solid track record, so we were impatient to look at the Islay and see what that experience could offer the sit on top world. First impressions It’s big. At fourteen feet, the Islay...

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DIY kayak storage : ABS pipe kayak rack

A recent move made us take a long, hard look at our kayak collection. The back yard of our old office was a chaotic jumble of brightly coloured plastic that made is impossible to easily access the right kayak at any time. Something needed to be done… and we clearly weren’t going to get rid of any kayaks. A decent rack seemed to be the answer, but we needed to find a solution: Criteria Scalable : We wanted to initially store at least six kayaks (preferably eight), but with the potential to expand if we decided to put more...

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Update: Living with the Kinetic 100 Hydrolite

Living with the Kinetic 100 Hydrolite It’s been a good few months since we posted our first look review of Tootega’s Kinetic 100 Hydrolite and we always promised to write a follow-up when we’d paddled it more and could see how the lightweight boat stood up to a little more abuse.  This slimmed down all-rounder impressed us with both looks and performance when we first paddled it, but how would it stack up after a season of use? For those not familiar with the Kinetic 100 Hydrolite (and who haven’t read our original review), this is the slimmed down...

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Eastoke Corner/Sandy Point, Hayling Island

Directly out front of Eastoke Corner beach car park is a slightly steeper part of the beach than Beachlands. This does mean that the shore break, at higher tide, is significant and should be taken note of by lesser skilled paddlers. Lower waters are fine for all levels. Paddlers continuing their journey east need to be aware of ebbs and flows of Chichester Harbour. Once over the sand bank the water that sluices in and out is extremely strong. It’s also an area that gets busy with boat traffic. This area of Hayling also gets a bit more wave action than further west and during large swells will see good riding on offer for those who have the skills. If you carry on past the sailing club (HISC) then there are a number of sheltered creeks that offer tranquil and peaceful paddling at higher states of tide. Wildlife is abundant in this area and the chances of spotting seals and rare birds are probable. How to get there: Head across the bridge and continue all the way down to the sea front. As you come to the roundabout, in front of the funfair, hang a left and continue to where the amusement arcade and Lifeboat Inn are located. There’s a large car park area to the right. Facilities: Toilets, parking and various retail outlets just over the road from...

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