This blog is my new platform to publish information of interests to all kayakers. While the www.TopKayaker.net website (the TopKayaker online magazine) will remain a vast reservoir of information, you can look here to see new information. I will be referring to many of the TopKayaker articles, so consider it your "freshman text book".
What has peaked my interest greatly is the restoration of classic kayaks and this will one of the primary focus here. Fiberglass, composite and plastic kayak hulls are nearly indestructible. The hulls will last forever. The "soft parts" and other fittings will not. Your great grandchildren will inherit that old kayak in your garage decades from now. Who knows what they will use for a seat, hatch cover or rudder, maybe their cows will be drinking water from the hull. In any case, these old kayaks will be passed down, sold at yard sales and distributed to those who want to paddle them. These classic kayaks can be restored to full working condition, to be used safely for their original intended purpose. These kayaks were good enough for us a decade or two ago, they will be again with some TLC.
Yes, there are some kayaks that are lost cause and should be recycled or repurposed, never to paddle again. The reason for such could be many and varied. I will address this topic at a later date. For the most part, if you have a viable hull, most of the original parts, a budget, some time and effort, as well as some ability to work with your hands, restoring an old kayak could be as much fun as paddling it.
Much of what you will initially see here on this blog will be information on kayak repair, maintenance, and access to parts. In the past decade or so my work at www.TopKayaker.com (the TopKayaker online store) has allowed me to help all kinds of kayakers, customize and improve their kayaks, repair kayaks, obtain hard to find kayak parts and to restore older kayaks back into full working order. So I will be pointing your attention to the TopKayaker Shop often. I like to say that "We have every thing but the hull".
I will address some other issues of interest to kayakers here as well, such as destinations, kayak news, reviews of equipment and the history of modern sport kayaking in the USA.
I look forward to our journey together, Tom Holtey