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Wednesday, 30 October 2013
We are excited to announce that after months of trials and tests the RCMP have chosen us to provide them with the NW "Pro 30 Rescue PFD". We have built systems for other police forces that use soft body armor, but the RCMP had a new set of challenges. We had to fit and float hard body armor. We are pleased to be working with officers in the field to fine tune and design external features to accommodate the environments and operations they encounter.
Sunday, 29 September 2013
Just recently, Leigh and his adventurous family shared this short trip report with us. If you read on, make sure to prepare yourself to be inspired!
|Day one Kinbasket Lk at the Canoe River inflow.|
We completed our 32 day 365 km trip from Valemount to Nakusp. The trip went as planned with no major issues just lots of amazing experiences, campsites, sunsets and quality family time.
The campsites ranged from remote settings on Kinbasket Lake surrounded by 9000ft peaks to a Provincial Park on Revelstoke Lake with a great playground out the tent door for the kids to enjoy.
|Beautiful Rocky Mountains on Kinbasket Lake.|
|Snack time Kinbasket Lake.|
|Well below the posted speed limit on the Mica Dam portage.|
The paddling was mostly big lake canoeing with some moving water below the Mica and Revelstoke dams. We made a point of starting early and being off the water by noon when the wind and waves often picked up. 15 to 30 km was our distance range during our paddle days (we usually paddled 3 to 4 days then rested for 1) which left plenty of time to set up camp, let mom and dad relax and for the kids to swim and explore around camp.
The two portages around the dams were tough work but worth ever bit of sweat. We definitely had some strange looks from folks as we walked down the highway with our canoe…
|The "Just enough room camp" Revelstoke Lake.|
|Climbing skills coming in handy below Revelstoke Dam.|
|Safety first…kids anchored to a tree while we lower the canoe.|
This trip was the longest and best trip we have done yet. The sense of accomplishment after years of refining our gear, planning, reviewing maps, surfing google earth, food prep etc is hard to put into words. The fact that we did this trip with our kids (age 2.5 and 5.5) made the trip all the more enjoyable. They are seasoned paddlers by now and in fact they do better sitting in the canoe than they do sitting in the car.
We passed only 2 other canoeists in the 32 days. Most people we met had travelled there by vehicle. The richness of the experience travelling "in" the wilderness by canoe is lost when moving "through" it in a vehicle. Having these experiences is definitely a driving force for us and pushes us to explore our provinces waterways as a family by canoe.
|Goof off time in their Stripes with Revelstoke ski hill behind.|
|Batten down the hatches Upper Arrow Lake.|
|Smooth sailing Middle Arrow Lake.|
|Nakusp…Day 32…and still smiling!|
The Northwater deck combined with our 20' Clipper Mackenzie worked flawlessly. We easily packed 21 days worth of food (we resupplied in Revelstoke) and all our gear into the boat with room to spare. The deck kept the gear dry, cool and cut down on the wind shear/drag. The 2 cargo hatches were excellent in size and location for loading and unloading gear. All four cockpits were excellent as well. We used the shrouds many times to shield us from cool morning wind, rain and even from the hot August sun. We can't thank you guys enough for the amazing design, quality and durability of your canoe decks.
We cant wait for the winter months so we can start planning our next family canoeing adventure. Cheers. Leigh, Brenda, Mya & Natasha…
Thanks to the Leigh Purvis for sharing his amazing family adventure with us so we could share it with all of you. A special thanks also to Brenda, Mya & Natasha for their very encouraging spirit for adventure. For more information about North Water Custom Decks, please visit our website: www.northwater.com.
Sunday, 8 September 2013
Our 4-Bailer is now, officially a rock star. The good people at Transport Canada have seen the 4-Bailer and immediately (almost) recognized it as an approved bailing device. Not only that, they thought it was so cool that they ordered some for themselves!
It is several key safety items in one amazing piece of gear.
The 4-Bailer will keep you:
- Safer with 50 x 1/4" High Quality, Hi-Vis Floating Line
- Drier as a 1 L Bailing Bucket
- In touch with a Waterproof Whistle
- Visible with High Visibility Reflective Tape
It provides key items often required by water safety enforcement agencies for small pleasure craft including canoes, kayaks, row-boats, SUP boards, rowing shells, tenders and paddle boats.
Its features include:
- High Tenacity Mil Spec Pack Cloth
- Durable Mesh for Quick Drying
- Heavy Duty Webbing
- High Quality Floating Line
- Soft Hand, Easy to Knot & Throw
- Durable Pea-Less Whistle
- High Visibility Reflective Strip
A note to Dealers: The 4-Bailer is a perfect accessory for Rental Fleets. It fits in the palm of your hand and weighs just 290 grams. It increases safety for your rental program.
Friday, 19 July 2013
What's new for 2014
North Water once again re-defines on-water personal safety for leaders and smart sea kayakers.
North Water has established itself as the company to watch for product innovation and this year is no different. We have been working with the world class coaches at Body Boat Blade International to bring you a brand new concept in tow systems.
"Simple and fast to use, designed for paddlers of all abilities, interchangeable components that can be added as increasing skills and conditions demand, that's a tow system I can confidently encourage paddlers to buy. Our sport is evolving and our safety systems have to evolve with it. North Water's innovative approach allows us all to work and play safer."
And that's just the beginning. We have several new products that will send other manufacturers scrambling to catch up.
Watch this blog or the North Water website for more!
Special note for Paddle Sports Industry Professionals:
Be sure to come and see us in booth #34059 in the paddling section of the 2013 Outdoor Retailer and witness first hand this whole new approach that evolves with the paddler.
Look for us at OR booth #34059
Call us to book an OR appointment: 1 800-567-9283
Tuesday, 25 June 2013
Not long ago, the Canoe and Kayak Magazine Awards nominees were announced.
Turns out a few of our good friends were given recognition for their passionate work.
Canoe and Kayak Magazine Awards, Spirit of Adventure Awards Finalists - Dave and Amy Freeman and their adventure Wilderness Classroom
Canoe and Kayak Magazine has listed Dave and Amy Freeman and their adventure Wilderness Classroom as a finalist in the “Spirit of Adventure” Award which is one of the categories of the 2013 Canoe and Kayak Awards
Vote for the Wilderness Classroom: http://www.canoekayak.com/canoe-kayak-awards/vote/spirit-of-adventure/
|supplied photo : David Freeman|
North Water would like to wish all of these great adventurers the best of luck. Have a look around and read about what these great paddlers have been up to as there is something great to each of their endeavors.
To see more photos of this truly epic adventure visit the Dave Freeman Gallery online.
Canoe and Kayak Magazine Awards, Male Paddler of the Year
Again, North Water would like to congratulate all of the finalists and wish them the best of luck and thanks. Don't forget to vote!
Monday, 10 June 2013
Check out this recent email we received from Leigh Purvis about his custom North Water canoe deck complete with "Kids Cockpit Hatches":
|This two little ones feel right at "home" in their hatches.|
"Wow guys I can't thank you enough for the great work on both the deck and the boat.
The boat is fast, stable and definitely able to haul our kids and gear on extended trips.
The deck is awesome. I can't believe I have canoed all these years without one!
The kids love their cockpits or "homes" as they call them. The skirts cover them nicely to keep them warm, dry and more importantly "happy". The cockpits and hatches were placed perfectly."
Thanks again and here are a few pics from an 8 day spring trip around Kamloops lake last week in preparation for our month long trip in July..."
|Kamloops Lake practice.|
|On the shores of Kamloops Lake.|
Who knew?! One of the many secrets to a happy adventurer family; the hatches help to keep boundaries for little ones on trip. An unexpected benefit of a canoe spray deck when you have a family! We'll be checking back with the Purvis family in August after their planned one-month long canoe trip in July. We are definitely wishing them all the best for a happy and safe expedition. For more information about our North Water Canoe Spray Decks or any other North Water Paddle Sports Equipment products, please visit our website or contact us today.