The purpose, of the photos in this blog entry, is an attempt to illustrate the shape of our kayaks, from more than one perspective. The view of the “W” kayaks, side by side, is to show both above and below the waterline, in one photo for comparison. The saddle is what helps make the “W” much more comfortable than a conventional kayak. Seeing the “W” from beneath may help you understand why “Yak Back” is NOT in the equation. The freedom to sit, stand, or lie down, in a position NOT dictated by the kayak, is up to you. The saddle allows the paddler to sit higher, thus drier. Paddlers do NOT need to get wet to get in or out of a “W”. Seeing it from beneath also illustrates why stability is superior in a “W” kayak. Hope the photos help. Comments and questions welcome. Paddle on. Gene
In addition to getting the Clearwater location up and running, High and Dry Kayaks is having a Scratch and Dent Sale. Take advantage of the savings. There is nothing wrong with this unit, other than the blemish. For details call 732-921-1080 or email me at genote @aol.com.
High and Dry Kayaks will be opening a new location in Clearwater Florida in the near future. That 6 pound red fish pulled my W around as if the W was on a Nantucket sleigh ride. WHEEEEEEE. Call or email me for a free demo/test drive. The red fish are waiting.
Here’s a couple pictures of Harry, a new client, taking a W kayak for a test ride. Since 2009 I have been approached by many who have asked me a variety of questions about the stability of the Wave Walk kayak. Frequently questions about health issues relating to back, hips and spine become the topic of discussion. Before Harry took the test drive he told me he struggles with Multiple Sclerosis in his lower legs and feet, making it difficult for him to launch/land other kayaks that he has tried. Standing in a kayak was not an option for Harry until he tried a “W” kayak. Harry found the kayak that would give him the stability he needed. Seeing the joy and confidence on Harry’s face made me very happy. I was able to provide a choice to some one who is now able to get out in his kayak and do the things he loves. Harry is an inspiration to me, his ability to to find a way to do the things he enjoys, despite his limitations, has humbled me. I am impressed with his spirit and determination.
You never know what you might see while paddling back to the launch site. My friend and I were anchored-up against the shoreline talking about our fishing escapades when 2 “uninvited guests” approached us. As their dark bodies floated closer into view we realized they were manatees. I asked Dave if he had ever given a manatee a drink of fresh water. Surprised to learn that they would take fresh water from us, he wanted to see it first hand. After showing him how they took it from my hydration pack, Dave wanted to try. He couldn’t believe I was dripping fresh water down between its eyes into it’s waiting mouth. Dave took a cold bottle of water from his cooler and started giving them drinks from it. We spent a few more minutes with them, scratching their backs and heads, serving up fresh water, then as gracefully as they appeared, they floated silently out of sight, disappearing in the murky water.