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Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Video

Old Town Canoes & Kayaks (Video)

Here is an informative video talking about Old Town canoes and why they are one of leaders in the industry. ... read more

Video Transcript

Welcome to the family. The Old Town Family. We built our first wood and canvass canoe in 1898. Today, we humbly boast more than 115 years’ experience in delivering the best in canoes and kayaks.

Yours comes from a company of caring craftsmen, each with a committed eye for detail and a heart for quality, quality you can count on. Each with a lifetime hull warranty and designed and dedicated to outdoor enthusiasts like you.

We can’t wait to hear about your adventures. So welcome to the family, the family of Old Town Canoe. Choose adventure. Trust tradition. oldtowncanoe.com.

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Carrying a Kayak

How to Carry Sea Kayaks (Video)

Here is an awesome YouTube video discussing how to properly carry a hard shell kayaks to and from the put in spot to make transportation extremely easy.... read more

Video Transcript

The unfortunate truth is that sea kayaks are a pain to carry. But mostly, you have no choice. It's best to avoid dragging them.

For many, this means that moving the boat around is a two-person job. For stronger individuals, a hard shell kayak can be carried on the shoulder fairly comfortably. The challenge is often in getting it there.

Make sure you bend your legs and keep your back as straight as possible. One of the better ways to get the boat on your shoulder is to lift the boat on your thighs, cockpit out, and roll it up on your shoulder.

When a kayak is loaded, a solo carried just isn't an option. Many hands do make light work. So if you're in a group, get everyone to pitch in. The strongest at the ends and the rest grabbing the cockpit common.

However you're carrying your kayak, remember that you're going to be walking around with 16 to 20 feet of kayak. It's not going to flex around corners very well so take them wide and watch that you don't take out anything or anyone with the ends of your boat.

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Standing up in a Kayak

How to Stand Up in a Kayak (Video)

Here is a video with Gene Jensen talking about how to stand up in a kayak.... read more

Video Transcript

Hey guys this is Gene Jensen. I want to talk about standing up on a kayak. The kind about the ins and the outs, the dos and the don'ts. And first of all, you cannot stand up in just any kayak. It has to be a wide kayak that does not have a rounded bottom that is pretty stable when it rocks left and right. The best thing to do when you are picking up a kayak is to see if you can find a place that sells them and you can get some seat time, where you can go and try them out. Try to stand up in them and everything else.

Rule number 1, do not stand up for the first time when the water is cold. Fall in, you die. My suggestion would be do not try to stand up in a kayak until it is warm, so if you do fall in, it is okay. Take all your gear out and go out and practice.

Another key thing is I have to have a seat. Personally, I have to have a seat that is above my feet. If I do not have a seat that is above my feet, I just cannot stand up. Once again, it is about the fat boy thing. I am 41 years old, that is hard for me to stand up. So this one is perfect for me. You want to get your feet as wide as you can.

The PA 14 has got these skid pads right there to keep you from sliding around in the kayak and make it to where you stand up. But you want to have your feet as wide as you can in the kayak, just get over the top of them, and stand up.

Now, a key thing to remember is you always have to keep your feet wide. You got to keep your feet wide from left to right of the boat. If you stand center line of the boat, if you turn 90 degrees and I am not going to do it, you will fall in. So, make sure that you always keep your feet and keep your body facing forward or backwards.

And if it is hard to turn backwards, the best thing to do is to sit down, turn around, get your center gravity back down to being low, and then turn around and then stand back up again. I do not particularly like to do it. Sometimes I have to turn around and get in the box but that is about.

But the key thing is you cannot have your body parallel to the center line. It has got to be perpendicular to the center line. So be careful. Be smart. Do not do this in cold weather for the first time. Get used to your kayak in the warm weather.

Pick a wide kayak. Pick one that has got a seat above your feet so you can stand up easier. Just make things a lot safer. That is what I love in this Hobie. This is the first kayak that I have been able to stand up and I grew up fishing out of a canoe. So I know what is stable and not stable is, that is for sure.

But anyway, well like I always say, be sure to introduce some of them to fishing. Be sure to let me help you, teach you how to fish, to show my videos. And that is what I love to do. I absolutely love to do it. Anyway, be sure to get out into the water and catch some fish. Have a great day. Oh, and do not forget to subscribe if you have not subscribed. I always forget to say that. Later.

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Johnson Outdoors Advanced Design & Development Video

Johnson Outdoors Watercraft A Tradition of Advanced Design & Development (Video)

Here you can watch and learn about Old Town Kayak (Johnson Outdoor) business practices, mission, and why they make some of the best kayaks and canoes. ... read more

Video Transcript

Bob McDonough:
At Johnson Outdoors we have years of paddle watercraft knowledge and expertise.

Tammy Littlefield:
Plus cutting-edge technology like no other.

David Hadden:
All under one roof here in the city synonymous with canoeing and kayaking, Old Town, Maine.

Lucas LaBree:
The heritage is here. The experience is here. And the pride is here.

Tim Magoon:
The pride of where we should start from our newest employee to our most senior.

David Hadden:
Working here, the guys on the floor are amazing. They make my job so easy.

Speaker 6:
We’ve been doing this longer than anybody else. No one does it better.

David Hadden:
They care about the product we produce.

Speaker 7:
I take pride in Old Town Canoe. It’s been around for 120 something years. I’ve had relatives in my past that have worked here. And it makes us feel like we’re spreading the joy a little bit.

Brandon Wash:
What makes Johnson Outdoors the best, we do our homework. Years before any of our boats hit store shelves we’ve researched the hull shape, components, features, everything.

Tammy Littlefield:
Our customers are so passionate that they want to be involved in future designs of our Johnson Outdoors boats. We have people who send in sketches, who email all kinds of suggestions. And one customer even emailed us a PowerPoint presentation.

David Hadden:
Have you seen the old photos of the people sitting out in front of Old Town Canoe? The grandfathers of the company, I would love to bring them back today and show them everything we’re doing now.

Bob McDonough:
I think that first of all, their eyes’d get big when they see all the things that are really different.

Tim Magoon:
What they would say would be different would be some of the materials certainly, and some of the equipment. Bob McDonough:
You know, I believe the guys would say that you’re still making the same great boats but you’re making them out of the materials of tomorrow.

Tim Magoon:
What hasn’t changed and which the core of what we do is that pride in workmanship, that hasn’t changed at all. That was existing a hundred years ago, and it still exists today.

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