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How To Fix a Dented Rotomolded Plastic Kayak

How To Fix a Dented Rotomolded Plastic Kayak

Repairing Dents, or ‘Oil Canning’, in a Rotomolded Plastic Kayak What is oil canning? Rotomolded plastic kayaks will occasionally develop indentations in their hulls. This doesn’t mean the kayak is ruined nor will they even affect the performance of the boat in most cases. These dents are sometimes referred to as ‘oil canning’, because they tend to pop in and  out under pressure, similar to…
Brentwood Bay to Tod Inlet Paddle Route

Brentwood Bay to Tod Inlet Paddle Route

Paddling to Tod Inlet in Gowlland Tod Provincial Park Tucked in behind the famous Butchart Gardens is a beautiful tree lined inlet accessible only by boat or by a walking trail just off Wallace Dr near Benvenuto Ave. This is an ideal paddle for beginners as the waters of Tod Inlet and the launch at Brentwood Bay are very sheltered and the total route there…
Flares – Obsolete or Still a Good Idea?

Flares – Obsolete or Still a Good Idea?

Should You Carry Flares When Paddling? This question often comes up, do you need to carry flares with you, especially with many paddlers now carrying cell phones, VHF radios, PLB’s and satellite messengers? In fact, the Transport Canada Small Boating Regulations don’t require you to carry any kind of visual signaling device unless you are in a boat over 6m in length, (many double kayaks),…
Kayaking to Discovery Island

Kayaking to Discovery Island

Amy’s Top 10 Highlights of her solo Kayaking trip to Discovery Island Kayaking Discovery Island is an awesome adventure with easy access via Oak Bay Marina. The little island is rich in natural beauty, wildlife, and history. A relatively short paddle, this is a great adventure for an experienced kayaker. The currents through Haro Straight can change quickly and are too much for a novice paddler…
Kayak Theft: Prevention Goes a Long Way!

Kayak Theft: Prevention Goes a Long Way!

How to Securely Lock Up Your Kayak Who would steal a kayak?  At least not here in BC and for sure, not on Vancouver Island! The sad reality is that kayak theft is no longer a “big, bad city” phenomenon. Kayaks are being stolen all over BC, including Vancouver Island, and not only in larger urban centers like Vancouver, Victoria or Nanaimo. We don’t often…
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Planning a Kayaking Trip to Discovery Island

Paddling to Discovery Island is on the top of a lot of paddlers lists. It is a beautiful escape from ...