Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Safety First

Since we went down to Chicago in October for the Geneva Kayak KayakFest, we've been following the Chicago kayaking scene. Through links to Chicago area newspapers we received yet another grim reminder that our sport of choice can kill. A local man on his first paddle, in his first kayak, found that out the hard way at the end of October when he disappeared in Lake Michigan. His kayak and his PFD were found, but he was not.

Kayaking is an easy sport to get into. Naturally, we at Black Dog Kayaks encourage everyone to take up the sport, whether they buy one of our kits or buy another kayak. But we also cannot underscore enough the necessity of having the proper safety equipment and the training to use it.

No matter what your skill level, you can have an accident. The difference between the accident becoming a tragedy or just a thrilling campfire story is often dependent on prior preparation.

One more thing before I quit preaching at you - wear your PFD!

CASKA Safety Page

Sea Kayaking Safety & Rescue

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Sea Socks

The Black Dog SeaSock is made from durable, waterproof, urethane coated packcloth. Features include sewn and taped seams and frame straps to keep the fabric off of your legs.

Whether you paddle a Skin On Frame or a rigid hull, the Black Dog Sea Sock also helps to keep your kayak clean. After a day of paddling, simply remove the sea sock, turn it inside out, and rinse it off. Sand and dirt stay in the sock, instead of in your kayak!

$129.99 plus shipping.

The Black Dog Sea Sock in its stock form fits cockpit coamings up to 34 inches long and 21 inches wide.

If you need a custom size, Contact Us and we will make a custom sea sock that fits your coaming at no extra charge! Other colors may be available, just ask.