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a) NAME:
Gengler, Peter

b) Email address
gengcheeseBOASaolDOTcom (questions on address? married a Cheeseman)

c) KAYAKS (Owned or Paddled)
#1 & 2 kiwis (don't count but got me started and I keep to put beginners in)
#3 Dagger Vesper (first boat I started to do some distance in)
#4 Home built "Yare"
#5 Another home built so called "Martha's Boat" which is a kayak based on a design that Don Betts did for his wife (of NYC) (Greenland hull)
#6 Home built based on design called "Seguin" (Greenland hull)
#7 Home built, my design 18' x 20" low volume Greenland (photo in Sea Kayaker summer 99)
#8 is coming. Designed in my head after the last Delmarva retreat while doing a 7 hour drive home.

Sea kayaking (Greenland paddles), saltwater fly fishing from kayaks, mountain biking, sailing

Stitch & Glue kayak hulls and designs.

Everyone, I mean everyone should at least consider making their own sea kayak. Once you've made one, believe me you'll want to make more. My affliction started innocently by making a Greenland paddle.

Fishing story: Narragansett Bay, June 98, flat calm, 2 hours after sunset out paddling with my 13 yr old son. Blues on the surface finning, eating a clam worm hatch. See a fish every 20-30' for a mile by 1/2 mile of water. Stripers under them, lots of keeper fish (over 28"). Catch as many fish as your arms can handle (catch & release).

a) NAME:
Gibbs, John

- johngibbsBOAScharterDOTnet
- (I live in Roswell, GA)

c) KAYAKS (Owned or paddled):
Zoar Sport

Slow Southeastern U.S. rivers, coastal Georgia & Florida, rescue techniques

computer-based training

The joy of the Lord is my strength!

I've just begun working my way up and down the Chattahoochee River.

i) BIO:
After drooling over the Chattahoochee River as I drove over it for years since moving to Atlanta, I decided to get down closer to the water. Born in Pittsfield, IL, raised in Escondido, CA (near San Diego) where I worked in my father's bee business, educated at two small Christian colleges and the University of Florida, I look forward to returning to Gator country in in Gator colors (orange boat and blue Swift paddle) and seeing it from midstream and shoreline at gator's eye level. Looking for paddling partners on Georgia rivers and lakes--class II or under.

a) NAME:
Gilman, Jack

- Yonkers, NY on the Hudson River
- hudsonsbBOASaolDOTcom

c) KAYAKS (Owned or Paddled)
Phoenix Cascade-Ancient whitewater boat.
Aquaterra Mystic-a real large fat whitewater boat from the 80"s.
Necky Kyook-After the Mystic it was like a limo. If you paddle this boat, you know the meaning of "weathercocking".
Eddyline Merlin-Great boat in wind, holds a ton for a 15 ft. boat. Very comfortable.
Chesapeake Light Craft West River 180-Built it last spring. Real speedster and it carries a bunch. If you want to paddle a homemade boat, you have to have the "Did you build it yourself" rap together.
Greenland Boat-so far it is just a deck & bow & stern pieces. Building from video. But will be a real boat in a few weeks!
Will only build boats from now on, rather than buy.
I want to paddle a baidarka.
Kayaking, bicycling & weight lifting.
Avoiding work.
Building boats-new hobby.

Nothing in particular.

I don't like rudders & unfeathered paddles.
Please don't confuse "high tide" with "slack before ebb".
I get really upset when people that don't know anything say bad things about the Hudson River. Sort of take it personally...
Being in a boat is about the funnest thing I get to do.
(i) 10 days in the San Juan Islands last summer
(ii) Albany to Yonkers this summer.
(iii) Doing trips through NYCKayaker. Have met a ton of nice people through this listserve.
i) BIO:graphy
48 year old ex-hockey player.
I am on the board of Hudson River Watertrail Association.
I am also Commodore of Yonkers Paddling & Rowing Club.
When I work I lay out mail order catalogs, so 98% of my work product ends up in the trash.
But the pay is ok.
Try to do as much "outdoors" stuff as I can.
I want to stay in shape forever, even if it kills me.

a) NAME:
Ginrich, Jay - Location: Colorado Mountains

b) Email address:

c) KAYAKS (Owned or Paddled):
Northwest Pursuit; Prijon Yukon Exped., Cyclone & Hurricane; Dagger Legend WW canoe, next one will be a fast double S.K-maybe a Passat.

I just use VHF when needed

mountaineering, classic/skate/tele skiing, mountain biking, whitewater and sea kayaking, environmental causes.

Energy efficient buildings

Try to be a steward of the resources we enjoy, versus just a user.

Probably the longer trips on the Sea of Cortez-paddling, eating fresh fish, sleeping on deserted beaches under the stars next to the kayaks...hope to go back this winter. Also planning to return to the Northwest for more paddling. The longer self-support kayak wilderness ww river trips rate high as well; rivers are metaphors for life.

i) Short BIO:
Born 1946, divorced, one daughter who shares above outdoor activities-she's now starting college. I have lived at 10,600 ft in the mountains of Colorado for 25 years. At this point in life, I realize that life is indeed short, and I'm starting to take more time off to explore the earth, travel, and keep learning.

a) NAME:
Grindol, Mel & Julie

Shawnee, KS. (Suburb of Kansas City) (Sea kayaking in Kansas?!? We have a multitude of decent sized lakes and there is always the Kansas river.
Check out the Kansas Canoe Association
Julie: - grindoljBOASlhlDOTlibDOTmoDOTus,
c) KAYAKS (Owned or Paddled)
Mel's: Necky Looksha IV (plastic) (but lusting after a fiberglass Romany Explorer)
Julie's: Perception Shadow (plastic) (but wants something kevlar)
Both: Wenonah Minnesota II (ultra light kevlar) aka "The Wavemistress"
Mel: Sports cars, computer games.
Julie: Cats, cooking.
Both: Science fiction books and movies, Tae Kwon Do.

So long as you don't force your opinions on me I won't force my opinions on you.

Our only trip to date, a week on Ross Lake in the North Cascades National Park. Beautiful scenery with no one else at the campsites about half the week. Two nights we shared campgrounds with a hiking youth group which consisted of some crazy people who swam in the lake (that water wasn't even 40 degrees F).

i) Personal Info
- Married (to each other), no kids (unless you count three very spoiled cats).
- Both under the age of 30 (though not for much longer).
- Mel works as a computer programmer (but has a mechanical engineering degree).
- Julie works as a reference librarian at a world famous science and technology library (actually using her degree).
- Planning on taking (and passing) the BCU 3 star assesment test in the summer of 2000. Then we want to take GRO's intermediate kayaking class.

There are three types of people, those who can count and those who can't.

I'm 29 and my wife is ... younger. (Never reveal a womans age). We've been paddling since last summer and still rank as novices. We've taken a half day class so we can at least wet exit and reenter (but not in severe water, so far we just avoid that). This works fine for the type of water we've paddled so far. The lakes around Kansas City don't really get nasty (except during thunderstorms, and then we'll stay at home in the basement to avoid tornados). We intend to take some classes this summer to increase our skill level.

I paddle a plastic Necky Looksha IV while my wife paddles a Perception Shadow. All of our trips have been day trips so far but we are hoping to do a multi-day trip some time this year after we've had our classes.

We enjoy the list.

Mel & Julie

From: Julie Grindol {grindoljBOASlhlDOTlibDOTmoDOTus}:

Ok, ok, I'll stop lurking and add my BIO too (one was typed in by my hubby, but he just doesn't have that feminine touch). I hate mentioning my exact age since being younger in my profession is not a plus. I have only been paddling for the past year, but I've camped out all my life. We (hubby and I) have taken a 1/2 day course in South Carolina, and we're planning on taking a trip to Detroit... (sorry dear) Point Pelee, Ontario (is that better Mel? He hates it when I say we're vacationing in Detroit) to take a class from GRO.

We have been paddling in the Kansas City area with a group called the Friends of the Kaw and the Kansas Canoe Association. We also have several lakes in the area, and a nice sized practice lake 5 minutes from our home.

If you're ever heading down stream on the Kansas River, I'm the little blonde in the Perception Shadow, and Mel (the hubster) is the prankster in the Necky Looksha IV.

Julie :)

Julie Grindol
Reference Librarian
Linda Hall Library

1st October 2003 - Snorri Gunnarsson

CONTACT: snogunBOASislDOTis Reykjavik Iceland

KAYAKS OWNED OR PADDLED: Qajaq Viking HV(my travel boat), NDK Explorer, NDK Romany(my favorite yet), Plasmor Kitiwec(my wife owns one), P&H Quest, P&H Capella(my first boat)

SPECIAL INTERESTS: Painting, playing Guitar, skiing, carpentry, computers, photography...

STRONG OPINIONS: I used to have many, now I have few and keep them to myself most of the time.

PERSONAL INFO: Married to Isol, she paddles as well, two children a boy Oskar Josua and a girl who has no name as of yet and one cat by the name of Hendrix.


a) NAME:
Gutierrez, Dave

newgootyBOASyahooDOTcom (410)374-5930

c) BOAT:
Teal/Black 1998 Feathercraft K-1 Expedition(Awesome Boat!!!!!!)

I have never really given my boat a name. I do talk to it while I am out paddling though, and I usually refer to it as "Buddy" or "Pal".

I love to just go out and paddle. I really enjoy travelling to new places with my boat too. I also enjoy climbing, hiking, swimming and I am an avid diver.

I do not carry with me the wealth of kayaking knowledge that many of the people in this forum carry with them. I have been paddling for around 6 years. I do however, have a great deal of experience with survival skills on land and at sea. I fly for the Navy and have gone through extesive survival training. I try to keep my skills current by periodically refreshing my knowledge of local edible and mediscinal plants. It is a great hobbie too.

I feel that sea kayaking allows for a special communion with the sea. I enjoy going out with my friends and spending the day pushing ourselves, but I also value my own quite time out there, on the water with my boat. It is this time that I really appreciate the fact that I have a skin kayak because it allows me to be more in tuned with the movements of the water around me.

I have paddled all up and down the coast of California, and loved every minute of it. I have also paddled quite a bit around the Persian Gulf, off the island of Bahrain, which is where I live now. My first really big trip is planned for next year to India though.

i) BIO:
I am 27 years old, and single. I currently fly for the U.S. Navy. The Navy paid for my education and I will be done paying them back in one more year. We shall see what will happen after that. Between my time in the Navy and having most of my family in South America and Spain, I have lived in just about every part of the world that you can imagine, with the execption of Asia. I have a true appreciation and love for the outdoors. I also have a love for language. I have studied many different languages in college and on my own time and love experiencing other cultures.

a) NAME:
Hagelstam, Clas


Perception "Chinook" - my first kayak, stable, looks clumsy but is reasonably fast
Perception "SeaLion" - I like it, but crosswind gives some friends trouble.
KayakSport "Artisan" - lovely, one of my favourits.
Bear & Water double "SeaLady" = sedate auntie.
Valley "Nordkapp" - excellent when it gets rough but tippy when unloaded.
Valley "Aquila" - present favourite, responsive,roomy, could be a bit faster.

Never thought of giving them names.

Family, kayaking, dabbling with computer, photography.

None I'm afraid.

Hope I'll pass a as a Christian when the final chips are down. Live and let live.

Check .

i) BIO:
AGE 72, married, 3 married childs, 8 grandchildren. A very lucky guy. Graduated as Mechanical Engineer, worked as an aircraft inspector for a few years, then in 22 years in family firm, gravitated toward the top, topped it all up with 23 years as a freelance machine designer: mate T-iron with Programmable Controllers and charge for the contraptions. Enjoyed every minute of all of it. Started paddling at about 60 after some flying and sailing until then, retired at 65. Seems I enjoy life now even more. Live with lovely wife at roughly 60 N 25 E Gulf of Finland. Kayak rackbehind waterfront sauna. Give a call when you are around.

a) NAME:
Hansen, Bill

a-2) Age - 65 years

- e-mail bhansen97BOASaolDOTcom or
- bhansen98BOASearthlinkDOTnet

Usual geographic areas paddled - central NY state, finger lakes. Also get to paddle off coast of Maine and on the lakes of the Adirandacks a few times each year.

BCU, ACA, or other levels if applicable - ACA intermediate whitewater skills, ACA sea kayaking instruction to "advanced" level (whatever *that* means! - not much, in my case), BCU 4 Star, AHA Healthcare provider

c) KAYAKS (Owned or Paddled)
Romany 16, CLC Cape Charles 17, Seguin (18 ft), Mirage III WW boat

d) Boat name and serial number if maritime radio operator - N.A.

mostly day paddling, euro style, but working on inuit technique and paddle - take about 3-4 short kayak camping trips each year. Have built two skin-frame boats many years ago, and three S&G boats recently.

see above; by now I know some few things about paddling and about kayak navigation but I'm not an expert on anything. I know a little about fiberglass boat repair and about the S&G technique of boat building too - but again, I couldn't claim to be any authority.

I'm one of those bugs on proper instruction and on safety including backup strategies for the backups - though I do usually paddle alone.

Probably the "Downeast trip" I took Sept 1998 with Maine Island Kayak Company (MIKCO) of Peaks Island Maine. This was a 5 day trip covering about 60 miles of paddling, starting in Corea and ending near Machais. Every good thing you could wish for in a trip came together in this one - wonderful group of people, the very best leadership (Tom Bergh of MIKCO), enough wind and waves to make it interesting but not scary, breathtaking scenery in places very few people ever get to see. Great food. If anyone out there gets a chance to travel with MIKCO, don't pass it up!!

Uh oh - it looks like I win the award for "world's oldest living kayaker" yet again. I'm 64, a former canoeist starting about 35 years ago, then an intermediate level whitewater kayaker starting about 13-14 years ago, and now for the last six years a sea kayaker of sorts. I've built five kayaks of various types, have taken most of the usual courses (ACA for whitewater, BCU for sea kayaking).

I paddle 12 months of the year here in central NY, where water temps get into the 40s and it gets pretty darn cold, and I usually paddle alone - but I stay off the water when it's really bitter, and also when the weather is really bad. I have a good solid roll on both sides and good bracing skills (he said with becoming modesty). have sort of intermediate stamina; a good long day for me is 12-14 miles, and most of my days are far shorter than that. I'm comfortable in force 4-5 winds, but if I know it's at all likely to go beyond that, I stay off the water.

Most of my paddling is done on Cayuga Lake, 1and1/2 by 40 miles in size. There's plenty of wind, but of course no tides, no currents, no swell except for leftovers from storms and motor boats, and waves never get much higher than 2 feet. It's not nearly as challenging as most of the water in which most of you paddle.

I've been very lucky to be able to take several kayaking courses on the ocean, and several short trips in the Atlantic ocean (Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut) each summer for the last 4-5 years. I love it. Now that my work responsibilities are much more limited, I hope to do more ocean tripping.

Bill Hansen

a) Harmon, Elaine

1 Finsbay, Isle of Harris HS3 3JD, Scotland, U.K. (except winters). Email eharmonBOASleavethisoutcsDOTmiamiDOTeduDOT

c) KAYAKS (Owned or paddled):
1 Prism SOT co-owned in Miami. 2 Feathercraft K-Lights to be in Scotland.

d) Prism is "Mo Chridhe" (Gaelic, "my dear"). K-Lights may be named Hinayana, my favorite among the Pwiser's names, and Nehalennia (Celtic goddess of seafarers)

not necessarily in the order named: 1) boats, 2)caving, 3) music, especially small ensemble, 4) environmental and public health, especially epidemiology and especially with respect to ballast water and non-indigenous species introduction, 5) Scotland, especially pro-independence (which I am) politics.

probably none relevant to this group.

Cats are better company than people.

in a kayak it would have to be the Caladesi Island near-disaster posted as "Dumbest Thing..." on 7 August 99. Other than that, a canoe run of the Spanish River (N. Ontario) many years back. Keep posted for Skye and the Hebrides.

I am a 60-year old native of Miami, Florida, divorced for many years. I like to play music, make pictures, and paddle, especially alone. I was born autistic. My formal education was in mathematics and science, and later,law. I practiced patent law, specializing in BIOtech, in Cleveland for about 20 years, then returned to Miami 6 years ago to prepare to move to the Isle of Harris, Scotland, which I'm about to do.

Elaine Harmon - eilidhBOASdcDOTseflinDOTorg - eharmonBOAScsDOTmiamiDOTedu

a) NAME:
Harper, Val


c) KAYAKS (Owned or paddled):
1 Cape Horn (ordered but not yet received) and 1 Necky Amaruk

We're new to the sport, so haven't really developed any yet - we plan on doing some touring and camping, so guess that's our interest at the moment.

I'm a reference librarian - I have no "specialist knowledge," but I do know where to look it up!


Our first one, this summer - around the south side of Mt. Desert Island.

i) BIO: I am a reference librarian at the University of New Hampshire; my husband is a science teacher at Pinkerton Academy. We are both divers and both really enjoy kayaking. Our 5-year-old daughter also thinks kayaks are great; she's so relaxed in them she's been known to nap while en route! We hope to learn a lot from those of you who have done this longer than we.

- --
Val Harper
University Library
University of New Hampshire

18th February 2004 - Dan Harrison

a) NAME:
Harrison, Dan


Valley Avocet
Dagger Edisto
Typhoon SOT

The Avocet is named "Niguik," Algonkian for "otter." The Dagger is nicknamed "Dredisto."

Kayaking the Great Lakes and their rivers; road and mountain biking; sailing; scuba diving; XC skiing; snowshoeing; nature observation and photography; doing as many of the preceding in combination as possible.

Adequate training to do a lot of outdoorsy things competently, and to be an asset to a group outing rather than a liability. BCU 4-star rating, Wilderness First Aid cert, handy with duct tape and garbage bags.

All you need is love. What does not kill me, makes me smarter.

So far: Michigan to Peru by bicycle. Alternate answer: the next one.

i) BIO:
Male, 55 years old, married, no kids. Librarian by vocation, amateur historian and naturalist by avocation. Advocate for non-motorized recreation. Love to travel, near or far doesn't matter.

a) NAME:
Hebert, Arthur ( last name pronounced, A-bear, thank you )

- email seacajunBOASgsDOTnet
- web site;
Section of earth planted; Gretna, Louisiana 150 yards from the Mighty Mississippi River, located directly across the river from New Orleans. One who appreciates the levees along the Mississippi River.

c) KAYAKS (Owned or Paddled);
Most frequently paddle a Eddyline Falcon 18; Three other hard shells (this also includes my daughter's boat); Two plastic sea kayaks; One stitch and glue "Golden Eye"; Mad River Tempest canoe; Racing pirogue; flat water sprint kayak and still searching.......................

d) Boat name and serial number if maritime radio operator;
Call name used "Sea Kajun"

Family, woodworking, reading, animals. Swamp and Gulf of Mexico paddling particularly at night. Paddling venues abound around Isle of Orleans. ACA Instructor, enjoying introducing people to our sport.

To NEVER be the elderly man sitting in a rocking chair on the front stoop thinking, " what happen to all the years and all the dreams"

Most fun
paddle, with my daughter.
Best short paddle;
Fourth of July night paddling in Town Lake, Austin Texas. Enjoyed observing the largest urban bat colony followed by a brilliant fireworks display.
Most interesting crossing;
A solo 20 day 700 mile open water crossing of the Gulf of Mexico
Most enchanting;
Paddling the entire Louisiana coast.
Most sought after trip;
a weekend that the weather forecast states a small craft advisory, the perfect weekend to be paddling.

Born 1957. Married 23 years two beautiful daughters, 20 and 12 years old. Work as a field supervisor for a large general contractor in New Orleans specializing in renovations of 18th and 19th century buildings. Very strong opinion concerning the preservation of our architectural history. Raised with a family of commercial fishermen working the coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Now enjoying the Gulf in a splendid way, by sea kayak.

Larry I'm glad I joined the list. I have thus far been truly impressed by the combined knowledge within paddlewise. Good way to further our knowledge bout this paddling thing. What de heck took me so long to join? Guess I should introduce myself and give the fellow subscribers a little back ground? For those who don't know my last name Hebert is pronounced "abear" not Heeebert. I have been sea kayaking since 1992 this is when I first met Larry Koenig, he allowed me to paddle one of his sea kayaks. It wasn't long after that that I purchased my first kayak (can't say how many vessels I have now my wife might read this, some things is safer left unknown). You see Larry had heard about someone that had circumnavigated Lake Ponchartrain (New Orleans) 108 miles in fifty hours in a Mad River Tempest Canoe. He hunted me down and I am glad he did. Since that time Larry and I have paddled numerous trips together. We paddled the entire Louisiana coast together (482 miles). Raised on the Louisiana coast. Shrimping and crabbing the Gulf and surrounding waters was my family's livelihood. Had three pirogue's for as long as I can remember, so paddling has always been part of my life. The open sea (if the winds ablowing I'm agoing) and night time paddling is on top of my list for paddling, the serenity of the swamps and bayou's is surly next on the list. My wife Debbie and I bought our first canoe 22 years ago. We're down to just one canoe (Tempest), one racing pirogue and a Olympic sprint. My oldest daughter Nichole isn't into paddling much, But my youngest Brooke (11 years old) loves to paddle, actually she retired her Zephyr and paddled her brand new Merlin XT yesterday in the swamp. She is a tall girl for her age foot pegs ok, but I will have to retrofit the seat for her, daddy will have that done before we go out next weekend. She didn't appreciate not being fitted to the boat, I apologized and understand (give me a break we just got the boat Friday).

Last year on this day Was at 23* 27' N 88* 30' W approx. 115 nau miles from the Mexican coast paddling home to Louisiana on a solo unescorted crossing of the Gulf of Mexico. Check the web site on the expedition at

a) NAME:
Heineman, Tom - Chicago

b) Email address

c) KAYAKS (Owned or Paddled)
Mad River Royalex Explorer (since 1978 and indestructible)
Current Designs - Expedition (6 months old...needs ballast when empty) Lots of room for camping gear
Movies by Jim Jarmusch and John Sayles
Rehabbing Vintage buildings
Masters Swimming

f) SPECIALIST KNOWLEDGE: Work stuff that I don't care to mix with pleasure stuff


Kaykaing and Swimming are good for dealing with stress
One should retire by 55
Life would be incomplete without Public Radio
Saab's are good cars
Can't understand why Gore-Tex is so expensive
Lake Michigan is very cool most of the time
Kayakers are an very interesting group of humans
So are canoers


Prince Williams Sound, Valdez, Alaska this summer - 5 days, beautiful, but very rainy!
Best Canoeing: Quetico, Canada BWCA

i) Short BIO (personal description) 50, landlord, Human Resources Executive at Big 5 Firm married 25 yrs; 1 - 17 yr old

a) NAME: -
Higgins, Dennis "Skip"

- "raskalBOASexecpcDOTcom",
- website - ,
- all in SE Wisconsin on Lake Michigan

c) KAYAKS (Owned or paddled): -
Two VCP Skerrays one Swift Matawa canoe(so far)

Using only the hand held I respond to the "Kayak Raskal"

Photography, camping, most general outdoors stuff

Forensic & crime scene photography

Flames belong in fire pits

The last summer's trip to Isle Royale in Lake Superior - 12 great people, great food, good water & wonderful weather!

FEBRUARY's "Who We Are" Entry
Retired police lieutenant At 52y mind still says that I'm a bunch of years younger though the body disagrees from time to time.

I paddle a Skerray from my home on the shores of S.W. Lake Michigan or, when I get the urge, go back to the old digs on the North Carolina coast or head for Isle Royal on Lake Superior. Thinking about building a stripper or plywood yak while kind of half-heartedly also looking for a canoe which will allow the dog along on flatwater inland lakes around here - ahhh, the bliss of not having to be anywhere at a certain time!

Oops! Fell asleep there for a minute!

In good weather, I'm a daily paddler of about 8 miles however, my favorite time in the floating muscle toner is on weekend or week-long trips. Then I use the yak for a photographing and fishing platform. Just wishing I could find a way to make it tax deductable. Then it would be perfect!

Dennis "Skip" Higgins

a) NAME:
Hoffman, Luke

- lukehBOAShiwaayDOTnet

c) KAYAKS (Owned or paddled):
Discovery 17'8" Canoe
Perception Acadia
an Inflatable thing I got off eBay
Pygmy Coho (soon to be under construction)

Scuba, paddling, biking, hiking, reading, gardening, cooking

I know all the words to The Lumberjack Song from Month Python

Lots and Lots. But none on kayaking.

Still a total newbie in kayaking. I've just been paddling around the local lakes and swamps.

i) BIO:
42 year old computer programmer living in North Alabama. My primary function in life is the care and feeding of a couple of dogs of indeterminate breed. However, they often allow to go paddling and diving when I've been good. Lately, I've been spending more time under the water than paddling on it. Now that fall is here, I hope to be spending more time on top in my kayak.

Luke Hoffman
These are my principles. If you don't like them, I have others. Groucho

photography, birds, writing

Paul Hollerbach

I must say it's such a pleasure to read these intro's, esp. of the lurkers who are stepping out of the shadows and up to the podium. OK, my turn:

Hi, (hello, this thing on? Can you hear me in the back? tap...tap...),

Uh, Hi, my name's Paul and I'm a Paddleholic.

Some of you may remember me as the dimwit who nearly killed himself in June '98 up on the Hudson in Ossining, NY, the tale of which I posted here. I'm lucky to have survived it and I know it.

Like many of you, I started out in Grumman canoes as an eight-year-old in Scouts and never looked back. I've been in various kinds of kayaks for about nine years now.

My passport claims I'm forty-four, though I'll be darned if I'm going to act it. I live in Burlington, New Jersey, USA, which is near to Philadelphia and Trenton, and I can look out the window at the Delaware River, a block away. This lets me get into a boat and on that river for a workout at dawn or late afternoon. Right here it's big, wide, tidal and at times full of motorheads or the occasional oceangoing freighter, though often I'm out there alone or into the little creeks that feed it. I also habituate the Pine Barrens, a vast wilderness area of constantly meandering, gently flowing tiny rivers and endless acres of nothing but pine trees, sandy trails and vanished towns, about a quarter of this state in size. In a state that is the most densely populated in the US, you'd never know it in the Pines. You can drift and paddle all day and not see a soul. The Jersey shore and the bays down there are higher on my agenda since exploring summer, when I got to finally play and explore in the marine environment. More of that, oh yeah...

I'm lucky enough to have befriended some great people in this sport, tops being those near to me here, including Gabriel (who posted yesterday) and the proprietors of a paddleshop a few towns upriver to my north, who let me lead trips of novices and intermediates on the Delaware, further north out of tidal range, and in the Pines. I also get to sit in and mind the shop for them sometimes, which is such a treat as I get to talk to people of all levels of experience about boats, gear, trips, issues, etc.

I've been lucky enough to meet some name-names in the business, boat designers, media personalities, owners of Big Outfitters, some exotic trippers, some just-plain-fun folk. I get to revel in All Things Paddling. I've also been lucky enough the past two years to do two week-long wilderness trips in upper Ontario (Temagemi) and Quebec (the Rupert River), as working vacations, shooting along the way. I'm lucky to have these opportunities it and I know it.

I'm a freelance photographer, which my friends will tell you means permanently unemployed. I'm looking to branch into writing, too, as an adjunct to picture stories. In small ways so far, getting some distance from the commercial work I've been doing, I have been able to put together my love of paddling, birding, the outdoor life in general with the photography and get paid for doing what I love to do in multiples. Like I said at the top, I know I'm lucky.

I'm a vegetarian and avid hiker, backpacker, sometimes climber and x-c skier. I'm jealous of those who have posted from the northern climes, the x-c skiers who live where snow is plentiful. Oh, I'm jealous, I have no winter here this year, yet again.

I love my three boats, a plastic kit kayak I built- it isn't pretty but it goes like mad and is high with the fun quotient; a 12'6" fiberglass shallow arch canoe that lets me do the water ballet in the small rivers & creeks here, but is also at home in the big old Delaware; a fiberglass and composite Baltic Mari 4 sea kayak that is high-volume enough for me (6'3"/ 175 lb.) and my (ton of) gear, it moves like a truck compared to most, but I don't care, I love it, too. I hope to take it on an extended trip and really get the advantage of it's capaciousness for photo, food & camping gear.

Gabriel and I are about to begin building our Chesapeake Light Craft from plans, mine will be the West River 180. I'm really looking forward to this...and to it's result!

I've learned to roll recently, took a coastal navigation class, & hope to get some surf training in next summer.

I, too, stand in humble appreciation of Jackie's work in maintaining this valuable resource, of the Paddlewise members who give so freely of their knowledge and experience, not to mention humor and opinions. I toast to you all with my carrot juice.

If anybody is going to be at the Paddlesports Expo in March here in NJ, look for me. I 'll be there reveling.

So, that's my story, my addiction. Hey, next week I'll make the coffee...

~Paul H.

a) NAME:
Holst, Chuck

b) Email address:
chuckBOASmultitechDOTcom, chuck_holstBOAScompuserveDOTcom

c) KAYAKS (Owned or Paddled):
Former: Butterfly-class 12-foot scow (sailboat), Perception Sea Lion,
Wilderness Systems Sealution.
Current: Romany Explorer kayak, We-no-nah Jensen 18 canoe.
Future: Skin-on-frame baidarka or Greenland kayak -- I started a baidarka before I got married, but haven't had time nor space to finish it since. Since my wife wants to build a Greenland kayak, we will probably do that first -- but only after we build a new garage!

My wife; sea kayaking; camping; Greenland paddles and paddling styles; Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW); Lake Superior; cross-country skiing; winter camping; astronomy; archaeology; geology; history; photography; computers; jazz, Celtic, and folk music; science fiction (SF); the submarine war against Japan; and the novels of C.S.Forester and Patrick O'Brien, to mention a few.

Making and using Greenland paddles, photography, desktop publishing, science fiction, BWCAW, Lake Superior.

Sea kayakers have more sense of wonder than most science fiction fans.

It's hard to choose one that stands out. It could be the canoe trip I made in the BWCAW on my 40th birthday, when I came down with the flu, found a bottle of brandy in Ima Lake, and on the morning of my birthday was visited by loon after loon until a couple dozen were swimming around in the bay next to my campsite. It could be my eight-day, 50-mile solo trip in the BWCAW or my eight-day, 60-mile honeymoon in the BWCAW, when a moose walked within six feet of our tent after dark and we heard wolves howl for the first time. Then there was my first kayak trip to Pukaskwa on Lake Superior, the trip to Lake Powell, the trip to the Broken Group (my only trip on salt water),.... All my canoe and kayak trips have been interesting, or I wouldn't keep doing them!

i) Short BIO (personal description)
I bought my first boat, a 12-foot sailboat, in 1968, my first canoe in 1979, and my first sea kayak in 1988. I'm 55, married to Linda (another kayaker and canoeist) for five years, no children, one cat. I've worked as an industrial photographer, an engineering technician, and, currently, a contract technical writer. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I was president of the Minnesota Science Fiction Society. Then I took up camping, cross-country skiing, winter camping, wilderness canoeing, and sea kayaking, all of which proved more enjoyable. A few years ago, Linda and I took over the leadership of the Kayak Touring chapter of the Minnesota Canoe Association (MCA) from Andy Knapp. This year we revived it as Inland Sea Kayakers , which currently has over 85 members. I am the acting president of ISK, and Linda is currently the vice-president of the MCA, which keeps us both very busy. I have also served on the boards of and led many outings for the Single Sierrans and the North Star Ski Touring Club. Linda and I are both BCU Four-Star certified.


CHUCKBOASmultitechDOTcom (Chuck Holst)

I've enjoyed reading the BIOs of my fellow Paddleweisenheimers; now it's my turn.

I'm 54. Over the years,I've worked as an industrial photographer, electronics technician, and contract technical writer. For the last four years I have been writing user guides and online help for a manufacturer of modems and network communications equipment.

My first boat was a Butterfly-class 12-foot scow that I bought when I was 24. I used to sail it on Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which is how I lost any fear of capsizing that I might have had. Several years later, I had to sell it to pay the rent. By the time I could afford to replace it, I had started backpacking, so I bought a We-no-nah canoe instead, and spent the next ten years exploring nearby lakes, rivers, and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

In 1988 I went on my first sea kayaking trip, in Lake Superior's Apostle Islands. I was immediately hooked, and the following spring, before the ice had left the lakes, I bought a yellow Aquaterra Sea Lion. Since then I have owned in succession a red Wilderness Systems Sealution and my current kayak, a white Romany Explorer.

About five or six years ago, after seeing a demonstration by George Gronseth at the Inland Sea Symposium, I made my first Greenland paddle. The first trip I used it on was in the Broken Group on the west coast of Vancouver Island, where I broached on a wave and would have capsized if it had not been for a low brace that came out of nowhere. It was this experience that convinced me of the importance of skills for safe kayaking and led me to initiating a series of Wednesday evening paddle and practice sessions on Lake Calhoun and developing not one, but several, braces and rolls on both sides.

I haven't used my Wind Swift paddle since I made my first Greenland paddle. I am currently teaching a Greenland paddle-making class in Saint Paul for Paddle Masters and the Boat-House. I also wrote an article on how to make a Greenland paddle for the Minnesota Canoe Association's HUT! magazine, which is currently on the Paddlewise Web site. I have almost finished a revised version that I expect to post in the next few weeks.(Among other things, it will be better-formatted and -illustrated.)

Like many northern sea kayakers, I enjoy winter sports. Over the last 20 years, I've led well over 50 cross-country ski, winter camping, canoe, and sea kayak trips, mostly for the North Star Ski Touring Club. I have also served four years on the boards of the NSSTC and the Single Sierrans as newsletter editor.

I am married to fellow sea kayaker Linda Campbell, who is currently secretary of the Minnesota Canoe Association. Linda is 51, and a native of England. When we met, she was paddling a solo canoe. Six weeks after she went on a beginners sea kayak trip that I led, we decided to get married. (My first successful roll with a Greenland paddle and our first kiss were on the same evening at Lake Calhoun - - ten days before my fiftieth birthday.) She now has her own white Romany, has a roll on one side, and is working on her offside roll. Our honeymoon was a 60-mile, week-long trip in the Boundary Waters, where we were visited by a moose one night and heard wolves the next.

We paddle mostly on city lakes, local rivers, and Lake Superior, but we hope to also kayak on the ocean some day.

Chuck Holst

Hume, Scot
- Colorado Springs, CO
- scot_humeBOASyahooDOTcom

Prijon Yukon Expedition, Perception Arc, Folbot Super, Aichelles Ducky

I only started paddling about 3 years ago. I went on a seakayak trip on the Colorado River and had so much fun I had to get a boat. Picked up ww kayaking because of all our rivers and have a good time up to Class III/low IV. However, I wanted to be able to do some camping as well and that led back toward touring boats.

From: Isaacs, Sam and Ann {saisaacsBOASnetcomDOTca}

Time to get in my few kilobytes of fame....

I am a 44 yr old lurker (mostly) and paddler living in Richmond, BC... thereby giving me the opportunity of playing in the Pacific Northwest (or Southwest).

My wife and I have been paddling for about 9 years... I once made the mistake of describing it as recreational paddling to suggest more emphasis on fun and less on adventure/adrenalin... but then after all, it is all recreational! We do mostly day trips, some overnighting and the occasional week long trip. I used to canoe, which my wife did not enjoy... she was an immediate convert to kayaking, though....

We paddle old Pacific Water Sport Sea Otters... I have a fondness for them, and when one was stolen - off the top of our car out front of our house ;-( I replaced it with a day-glo orange Sea Otter.... to improve visibility, of course (others describe it as an eye sore - but hey, safety comes first).

I subscribe to a simple paddling rule... I don't do cold water (cold water being under 90 degrees F.) So... I plan accordingly, and exercise judgement to try to prevent compromising this simple rule. So far, I have been fully compliant. Need less to say, I don't do rolls. My wife is interested in rolling and has begun her learning curve on this.

I can be on the water, on the mouth of the Fraser River, in 10 minutes from home, when I am organized, and there is a lovely paddling area off of Shady Island here that gives gorgeous views of wetlands, fishing boats and mountains, with a miniscule city in between. This summer's adventure will be to use my homemade (by my F-I-L) bicycle trailer to cycle my kayak down to the river and paddle 4-5 times a week.

Our other plan this year is to try out power boating (again... after our 26 footer sank... 2 days before the kayak theft.... our insurance company wasn't amused). So I figure between the 2 activities, work may have to wait. (well, we all have our fantasies...especially when paddling.) After that, we may upgrade our kayaks, or build a fleet to rival our Canadian Navy (won't take too much).

Although I tend to be much less technical and detail oriented than most discussions on the list, I still learn much, forget much and am amused by much that goes on. Thanks to all for freely sharing your experiences, wisdom and views.

Sam Isaacs
- saisaacsBOASnetcomDOTca

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