Category: Curious Craft

Kayak Bicycle Trailer

We had a local paddler come down to the Canoe Canal the other day and load up his kayak onto his custom made bicycle trailer.  This is such a great human powered way to go boating. Kudos to this gentleman for keeping out air cleaner by pedaling and not polluting!

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Loading the kayak onto the trailer.

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Now that’s 4 wheel drive!

July 8, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Catacanoe cleanup with the City of Eugene

This cleanup was a special one because the catacanoe was involved.  This superior craft designed by Wally Wallberg, has the ability to support paddlers while they haul out the big stuff from underwater!  Check out the inventory of garbage that was hauled out.  In all we had 15 people and 9 boats out on the Canoe Canal pulling out all kinds of stuff.  Inventory below the image….

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4 Tires

1/2 Barrell 50 Gallon

Full Lamp with post

3 Traffic Cones

Cigarette Butt Disposer

GlassHookah

Large Planters

Chez Lounge

And many other treasures..  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 23, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Plastic Bottle Boat

This takes upcycling to a new level!

 

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May 27, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Spring SUP action at Alton Baker Park

The weather has been nice lately.  Some of us took advantage, and tried out the new Rumrunner SUPs  made by Point 65 North.  They work great and paddle with some decent glide.  They stay on track well thanks to a large fin.  The board is actually three pieces that you buckle together right on the banks.  An easy portable design that paddles pretty well!  The Rumrunner SUP has a large front hatch that will hold a lot of cargo, if you need.  In the picture below you can see the orange 12.5 and the red 11.5.

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March 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More

4th of July at Alton Baker Park

The temperature cooled down for 4th of July this year and it was fun to get out on and paddle!

July 9, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Impromptu Catacanoe

This clever group of students from Kelly Middle School came up with a simple way of making a catacanoe!  They slipped the shoelaces off of their soggy sneakers and tied the two boats together.  With a very stable craft they were able to have a whole lotta fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a couple of other pics from the beautiful Wood River watershed….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 2, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Stand Up Paddleboard at Alton Baker Park

Its been a lot of fun playing around on the SUPs at Alton Baker Park.  The “Canoe Canal” is such a great flat water paddling location.  Work on your SUP Yoga or explore over 2 miles of calm waterways.  We charge $10 per hour to rent a SUP.  We provide you with a quality paddle and life jacket to enhance your experience.  Enjoy…..

 

July 16, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Sailing Kayak

This is a shot from the Libyian Sea!  This is a tandem or two person kayak rigged up with a sail.  The person in front stows their paddle and manages the sail, while the paddler in the back (stern) can paddle and works the rudder to steer the boat.  A great way to make it to your next Raki shot…..

You can see behind the kayak, the Aradena Gorge splitting the land.  This is in the Sfakian region of Crete.  A land so rugged and offering many gorges to hike and explore.  Historically, the Sfakian people have held close to their land and fought many resistance battles.  Knowing the remote and rugged terrain has helped them keep their beloved land firmly in their grips!

May 13, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Sailing Canoe

I recently got this photo of a canoe sailing up the Willamette River!  This rig not only looks beautiful on the water, but works so well you don’t need to shuttle a vehicle or bicycle.  I suppose that you could sail up the river then float back down with the current.

 

April 5, 2012 | 0 Comments More

C-1

 

 

This is a Dagger Atom C-1.  It is basically a river kayak that has a foam saddle inside of it where you might expect there to be a seat.  So the paddler is actually on his/her knees, not their butt.  As you might have guessed this has advantages and disadvantages.  In a C-1 you are higher up in your boat and have better vision of your surroundings.  Also you have more leverage with your paddle stroke.  The challenge lies in the fact that you are paddling with a canoe paddle and are sacrificing a blade.  Another canoe outfitting concept!

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 20, 2011 | 0 Comments More