Recently I was able to pick up a new kayak (having been sold as of late), and she’s been my favorite so far. The company Nucanoe is based out of Washington state, they outsouce the production of their kayaks to a smaller American company that has been in business for a few decades now. The company is all the same one that makes Yeti coolers, using the same materials and process. The kayak isn’t much heavier than it’s competitors, and features a great number of options, and some features that the others don’t. The most obvious is the flat deck, or the “open cockpit” as some might refer to it. She also comes with two cooler slots fore, and aft, as well as being able to boast the widest hull of a paddle craft thus far. She’s plenty stable for one to stick a cooler in, stand on top and pole around like a tiny skiff. Some of the other features include a built in set of rod storage tubes on both sides to protect your gear. The seat is might comfortable, even when I wasn’t paddling her around for hours at a time, I often had the chair out sitting in it’s high level position, the chair is actually the most comfortable one I’ve ever sat in. She tracks easily, and quickly, being slightly faster than other yaks in her range. She comes complete with a stern to make mounting a trolling motor easy, or a micro poll for quick anchor deployment options. She is deadly quiet in the water as well, having zero hull slap, and barely so much as a ripple when under ore. If you’re in the market, and you have a chance to test paddle one, do not pass it up.
When I initially created this blog, it was with this grandiose desire to make an entry every day. Some kind of content everyday, be it a new piece of gear, new fishing spot, what have you. well life steps in and say no sometimes. It’s been almost a year, and while I do have enough adventures built up for a few entries I’ll start right here.
Life tends to be a lot like the sea, right now I’m in a period of low tide. Recently lost my job, and had to sell a few things to stay afloat. That’s okay though, sometimes that happens in life. However, its important that I stay positive, and more importantly learn from this experience. The tide will rise, and just like the fish, the jobs will come in soon. Until then I’ll be adding a few entries here to get some content coming in, for all two of my readers thus far.
So it begins…
A desire to be more than menial, to set out. Not along the beaten path, but to walk among the saw grass, through the soft sandy mud of a tidal marsh. Moving in slow silence, hoping to come upon toasted golden almond skinned siren, dipping their tails out of the water, almost in proud defiance, while they devour their quarry. Unaware of the goings on of man, they continue to pursue their forage, never the wiser that they too are sought after.
Peak tide, that strange moment when the water is brimming with life, and it beckons those who would listen “Follow the current”.