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Getting Your Gear in Gear!

Tips From Sandy and Ebb 6mo-Ebb-PFD

Spring is here and the paddling season is waiting.   This is a good time to check your equipment for wear and tear.
Here is a short list of things to do.


  • Inspect for UV damage on hatches, seats, bungee and deck lines.
  • All hardware should be either stainless steel or nylon, visually inspect for integrity and replace where needed.
  • Protect the kayak and parts from further UV damage by using Protectant 303
  • Look in the kayak and make sure foot pegs are clear of sand and salt. If you have a rudder or skeg, check the connections and movement.
  • Inspect the hull for fatigue.


  • It is important to care for your wooden gunwales, as it is very costly to replace them.
  • Apply Gunwale Guard or similar wood protectant several times a season and the wood trim will last for years.
  • If you have cane seats, take a close look at them. This is a favorite snack of field mice!
  • Use Protectant 303 on other surfaces.


  • Check the surface of the board for any sign of damage
  • Remove the fin and inspect the fin box for wear or damage
  • Replace any worn bungee or attachment points
  • Inspect the carry handle for fatigue

Serial numbers

  • While you are inspecting your kayak or canoe, it might be a good idea to find and record the serial number of your boat. It can be found on the stern, right side. It is a bit hard to see, a flashlight might be of help. In the event you need to replace any parts, we would need to tell the manufacture the serial number so that we get you the correct item.

PFDspersonal floatation devices

  • The PFD is your most important piece of equipment.
  • Generally speaking it should last 5 years or more depending on UV damage, decreased floatation due to poor storage , or fatigue of the zipper and buckles.


  • Check the mechanism used to join the 2 halves of the paddle. It should be free of salt and sand allowing the ends to connect tightly.
  • Check the drip rings, moving them closest to the blade.
  • Inspect each blade for damage or fatigue.
  • Add reflective tape for better visibility on the water.

Safety Gear

  • Inspect radio and charging systems
  • Remove line from your towline and inspect. Make sure the point of attachment to the belt and paddler are strong
  • Check expirations dates of flares.
  • Restock your First Aid kit and look for expirations dates on items
  • Inspect all floatation devices for age and fatigue, replace as needed


  • Inspect all gaskets on drysuits and replace as need or treat with Protectant 303
  • Look for wear on booties
  • Maintain zippers with wax
  • Follow manufacturers recommendation for cleaning drysuits.
  • Store out of sunlight during the off season


SOLO Wilderness First Aid H20 Course


Indoor learning for outdoor adventures. Note the Kokatat drysuit backdrop, they can keep you warm!


April snow made an interesting setting for SOLO Wilderness H20 First Aid training.

Our two day SOLO water first aid course was a huge success, despite a snowy, windy second day (it sure felt wild!).  Here are a few photo highlights.  Stay tuned, we plan to do more SOLO courses in the future!


Michael making an excellent demonstration model.


Our own Bob Levine and another participant “rescuing” a third.

Lincoln Production – making a Quoddy Light

Lincoln boats are truly handmade.  Here are some snapshots of a Quoddy Light coming to life.


Essential materials ready to roll at Lincoln Canoe and Kayak in Amesbury, MA.


Marc in the spray room.


Marc lays the fiberglass material on.


Marc working with the mold.


Rusty removes the Quoddy’s deck from the mold.


Rusty prepares to cut the hatch.


Rusty installs the hatch.


Mike does a thorough inspection.


The finished Quoddy Light in the Newbury Kayak and Canoe showroom.

Movie Nights!

Suz-films This-is-the-sea-film_opt This-is-the-sea-3-film_opt This-is-the-sea-4-film_optMovie and Hot Dish Night #1

Come to Newbury Kayak and Canoe 6:00 Wed. Feb. 24, for an exciting paddle sport movie night and hot dish pot luck.  First, help us pick the movie, then bring a dish (and a comfy chair) and help us chose the winning pot luck contribution!!!  The event is free, and we are sure the food will be great!
Call 978-465-0312 for details.

To tell us which film you want to watch view the clips below then call 978 465-0312 or email us at newburykayak@gmail.com with your vote:


Ipswich Family YMCA Pool Sessions

Learn to ROLL Your Kayak!


Instruction and practice time at the Ipswich Family YMCA!

All sessions are 5:00-7:00 on a Sunday night.  It will work out to be an hour – hour and a quarter of pool time, the two hours includes set up and shut down.

If you bring a kayak it has to be VERY clean, freshly washed.  Same for any gear.

February 21  5:00-7:00
February 28  5:00-7:00
March 20  5:00-7:00YMCA-kayak

We’ll be offering rolling instruction at these sessions, so come learn how to do it, or improve if you’ve already got it.
$30 per person / $50 with instruction.

Reservations must be made in advance so call (978) 465-0312 and register today!YMCA-kayak-rolling

Choosing a Paddle: Paddle Materials



Wooden paddles are beautiful as well as efficient.

Created by Ma Nature, used thousands of years ago and still popular today. It is warm in the hand on a cold day and provides a bit of flex with each stroke. This tends to give some relief to those with shoulder and arm issues. The blade frequently has “rock guard” along the edges for protection. The wooden paddle should be lovingly sanded and refinished from time to time.

Aluminum and Plastic (blends of polymers, nylon etc.)


Aluminium 2 snap ferrule

Paddles with aluminum shafts and plastic blades are perhaps the most affordable and reasonably durable yet they lack some refinement and efficiency due to design. Give an aluminum paddle a good shake and you will see (and hear) for yourself.   In addition, the shafts often only support a neutral or right-handed control as the ferrule only has 2 adjustments.

Fiberglass and Carbon

Fiberglass and carbon materials provide durable and lightweight options for the paddler; however, they tend to be more costly. Within this recipe of ingredients you may see all fiberglass or all carbon paddles, but some manufactures will make a paddle using these materials as a lightweight shaft but use a wood or polymer blade. This allows the price savvy paddler to save a few bucks.

Werner carbon paddles, note the carbon weave pattern.

Werner carbon paddles, note the carbon weave pattern.

It is always a good idea to think about how many times you will swing your paddle for each mile you travel.   A good outing will be thousands of strokes, this is when you really appreciate your paddle, and perhaps any expense for a lightweight, comfortable paddle will seem worth it.

  • by Sandy Gilbert – dedicated paddler and expert advisor on all things paddling.

History of Canoes

Have you ever wondered what came before kevlar, or how boats were built before they were roto-molded?  As it happens canoes have an impressive history that predates power tools, or metal tools for that matter.

People have been building canoes for a long, long time, an 8,000 year old dugout canoe, made from a pine log, was discovered during an archeological excavation on the Kuahuqiao River in southeastern China.  canoe-history-mapMost early canoes were made by hollowing out logs, often fire was sued to burn away the wood, and the remaining material was dug out to create the canoe’s interior, thus the name “dugout”.  Canoes like these could be found across the globe and were used for a variety of purposes.  Dugout canoes are capable of carrying many people and a lot of weight, on the ocean as well as in calmer waters.

web-image-birchIn northern North America canoes were famously made from birch bark, sown with pine roots onto a wooden frame and waterproofed with pine or spruce pitch.  Lightweight, waterproof and smooth, birch bark was an ideal covering, in addition, birch trees flourished throughout the northern USA and in Canada.  Ideal for travel on streams, rivers and lakes, these canoes became very popular with fur traders in the 1700 and 1800s.  Demand became so great that the French set up a factory around the year 1750 in at Trois-Rivieres, Quebec (AllAboutCanoes).

Basic canoe design has remained largely unchanged, and though some boats are made through a molding process most modern boat builders use the birch bark model, build a frame and cover it with a smooth, light, waterproof material.  At Newbury Kayak and Canoe we carry a variety of canoes, some of our lightest (and most local) are the beautiful Lincoln canoes, a pleasure to look at, and even more fun to paddle!Lincoln-canoe-blk

Call us at (978) 465-0312 or stop by to see what we have in store!

LINCOLN Partnership Celebration!

shop-party-announcementNewbury Kayak and Canoe is excited to be joining forces with the talented team at Lincoln Canoe and Kayak as we become their local showroom. As of today, Newbury Kayak and Canoe is their only dealer who carries every product in Lincoln’s 2015-16 catalog.

This means we carry everything, year-round, available for both demo and purchase.

And we’re kicking it off with a party!  Big discounts on all Lincoln boats and all Newbury Kayak and Canoe accessories in the store.  Special talks by Marc, the master builder and owner of Lincoln.  Cookies, cider, Ebb the Wonder Dog, fun for all!!!

Friday, December 11th, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, December 12th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, December 13th, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Cold Water Workshop

Sunday November 15, 2015, free!  Reserve your spot now (978) 465-0312

Suz Hutchinson will be conducting the yearly cold water event this year on Sunday, November 15. It will take place at Newbury Kayak and Canoe, 291 High Street (Route 1A), Newbury MA.  We will launch from there.  Plan to park below the shop and line up the cars against the hill below the shop.  When you arrive, you can unload your boats and load up your gear for a trip down the river to Plum Island Sound.  We will begin inside the shop and will finish dressing after an indoor discussion. If wearing drysuits, you can wear your longs inside. If you choose to wear a wetsuit, best to plan to dress after the inside discussion.

This will be done as a “learning on the go” style paddle as was done for the Spring CAM workshop on the water.

As we will begin the shop, it is possible to join us for the off water discussion portion only without joining the group for the on water portion.

  • Review of cold water physiology and clothing; recognizing hypothermia;

    • Dunk tests

    • Rescues and tows

    • Group scenarios; CAM/leadership issues related to cold water;

    • Warm up practice (on-water and on-shore)

    • Indoors debrief

    The paddling will be within level 2 guidelines on NSPN. Please read those: http://www.nspn.org/paddle_levels.htm

    We would like volunteers (one per 3-4 participants) so that we will not need to limit participants. Please include this in your RSVP if you have attended a cold water workshop in the past and are now looking to help.

    If you are interested in using a drysuit for the day, Suz will bring Kokatat demo suits and Newbury Kayak will have them available to use also. They will be available on a first come/first serve basis. When rsvp’ing let Suz know if you are hoping to use a drysuit and what size you think you are so she can make note:


    If planning to use a drysuit, please bring form fitting fleece to wear underneath, wool/fleece socks and closed shoes that can be worn OVER the bulky drysuit sock and your socks. Fleece jackets are too bulky to go underneath a drysuit.

    Please bring any gloves/hoods/hats/shoes that you have that are extra so that if someone else is missing an article of clothing, they can borrow.

Pack a lunch and a hot drink for the day.

Note that there is one (super clean) porta potty at the shop.

Tide info:

Nov 15 – high tide in Plum Island Sound is noted to be 1:09 PM.

Bike Drive Oct. 18th!!!

bikes-guys-BNBBike Drive Acceptables




•   All types of bikes (road, hybrid, mountain, BMX, tandem, etc.)•   All sizes (adult, child, etc.)

•   Parts of any kind

•   Tools of any kind

•   Even some broken stuff! (e.g. cracked frame with usable components, worn tires, tubes with holes)

•   Accessories (helmets, bags, lights, pumps, locks, etc.)

•   Cycling clothing

•   Anything that has spent significant time out in the weather (and has rust)•   Kick scooters

•   Anything 

•   Exercise 





Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 12:00-5:00, Saturday 10:00-5:00, Sunday 12:00-5:00

Newbury Kayak and Canoe

291 High Road (Rt. 1A)
Newbury, MA 01951

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