"An encyclopedia of invaluable knowledge."--Canoe & Kayak
Folding kayaks are the only seaworthy boats you can store in the corner of a small closet and carry to the bay, lake, river, or ocean of your choice. Ralph Díaz, editor and publisher of the Folding Kayaker newsletter for more than ten years, has used and worked on nearly all of the folding kayak models available and knows all the ins and outs of choosing, assembling, paddling, traveling, modifying, and maintaining them.
The Complete Folding Kayaker, the first guide to choosing, using, and enjoying this most liberating of personal watercraft, is now updated with more boat reviews, more modification tips from readers of Folding Kayaker, and a new chapter on assembly. So pack your kayak for your next adventure on the water!
"Indispensable."--Atlantic Coastal Kayaker
"Ralph has written, quite literally, the folding kayaker's bible."--Robert Huszar, ANorAK
"An essential resource for anyone interested in buying a foldable."--Outdoor Traveler
"This book is the one to get if you want to find out about folding kayaks."--Cape Codder
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Table of ContentsAcknowledgments Foreword, by Paul Theroux Preface to the Second Edition Preface to the First Edition Introduction Part One. What You Should Know 1. Why a Foldable Kayak? 2. At the Heart of Sea-Kayaking History 3. Choosing the Folding Kayak That's Right for You 4. Evaluating the Leading Doubles and Singles 5. Equipment and Accessories That Work Well in Foldables Part Two. Handling Skills for Foldables 6. Paddling Techniques: The Forward Stroke and Other Essentials 7. Operating Skills: From Launch Site to Open Water and Back 8. Paddling and Operating a Double 9. Sea Savvy: A Guide to Commonsense Sea Kayaking 10. Developing Confidence, Learning Rescue Skills Part Three. Using and Enjoying 11. Traveling with a Foldable 12. Sailing 13. Camping 14. More Fun with Foldables 15. Modifying Your Foldable 16. Assembly Issues Guide 17. Repair and Maintenance Appendix 1: Resources Appendix 2: Metric Conversions Index
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
By Bill Marsano. The folding kayak or boat-in-a-bag is rare compared to rigid or hardshell kayaks--and a lot more expensive. But unlike those others, you take it with you. You can break it down into component parts, stuff the bits into one or two bags or even, in the case of the Feathercraft, a specially designed backpack with padded shoulder straps and a hip belt, and take it wherevever you're bound. That's the whole point: No more hoping to find kayak rentals at your destination. No more settling for whatever beat-up barges the renters happen to have on hand. If that tempts you, then you need this book to help sort out the facts and fiction (are folders fragile? less efficient than rigids? less stable? etc.) and get a handle on the numerous makes and models, which vary considerably in price, weight, size and design. Diaz, who is a good writer and an enthusiast (he publishes the Folding Kayak newsletter), has done his homework, updating his 1994 first edition to include and critique several kayaks that are new to the U.S, market That's a critically important part of this book: So far as I know, this is the sole source of independent information covering the whole category. But Diaz offers a lot more. He goes beyond the hardware to presnt a very good course in basic kayaking: instruction and skill drills, safety, navigation. sailing rigs, kayak camping, and repairs and maintenance. The Resources chapter alone (on books, guidebooks, magazines and newsletters, websites, dealer access and much more) will keep you busy all by itself. In short, if you've got an itch to paddle, this book will help you make an intelligent choice and teach you what you need to enjoy it when you get out on the water.--Bill Marsano owns a Feathercraft Kahuna and has unfolded it numerous times in the U.S., Italy and France.
A solid guide, particularly for first time buyers. I referred to Ralph's book time and time again before I purchased my first folding kyak and am glad I did. There are drastic differences between a high end folder and a low end one. This book will navigate you through all of the necessary particulars of purchasing one. And for those of you who already own one, this is the best book out there on folding kyaks.... there aren't that many. Interesting chapter on the folding kyaks history and evolution. Enjoy.