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On this episode I talk about my experience with Hurricane Kayaks.
2017 has been a wonderful year. YouTube ad revenue and the generosity of my sponsors have enabled me to enter the world of the fulltime content creator. It's not the ritz, but as long as I don't drive a new truck, or have a mortgage, or health insurance, or...Well, let's just say, it's not for everyone. Perhaps even for me. The end of this year, December in particular has brought a lot of expensive reminders that this ride could end at anytime. Even a 'regular' job is no guarantee for a comfortable life, but social media is really not the most financially responsible occupation. It's fun. But not a retire-able position by any means. So 2018 brings me a question many of us have to ask ourselves; 'What am I gonna do with my life?' And the answer for me is to try and open a business. I am definitely not business savvy which is why I need help. Michael Steen, my friend and former marina neighbor has joined me here at the property and encouraged me to give it a try. As have the folks I rent the property from and a host of others that seem to think that a kayak business is my best bet for a future job. Add to that the people that have encouraged me to make videos over the years and starting 'Zoffinger's' seems like a move that has to be done. As if it would be a slight to fate if I didn't at least try. Reality though, is that opening this location is far more ambitious than I am capable of doing myself. And again, Micheal has stepped forward and taken on the financial needs to get up and running. And there have been a few people that have given generous donations towards making this a reality. My name might be destined for the sign out front, but this is turning into a collaboration of efforts. A business without the contributions of many, that would never be possible. And as of the close of this year approaches, I still wonder if it can be done. Some days it seems an impossible dream. However, I'm sure, should the day come that I'm renting kayaks, having demo days, and tournaments and seminars and meet-n-greets, I STILL won't believe it. I have met many people because of my kayak fishing channel on Youtube. From all walks of life. And the kindness I receive from folks, be them a hard-hitting, successful CEO of a big company, or a youngster who just starting fishing from a kayak, inspires me greatly. And I really want to make this business a reality for all of them. Not just myself. It's tempting though, because it would be the first time in my life that I grew up and tried something that could be financially responsible! LoL. Or, I could land flat on my face, who knows. One thing for sure is that it could give me the chance to meet way more fans and be inspired to create way more interesting videos in the future! Like I said at the end of the video, sharing with people has so far been paid for by my sponsors and ad rev. I gladly give thanks to those that supported me and whose products I believe in. And there are many who have written to me or have sent stuff in the mail in the past that never got thanked. That makes starting a Patreon account a bit unsettling. How do I justify asking for more? The videos were always meant to be free to viewers. And the ability to properly thank everyone, even for a dollar, probably will be impossible. But if we can pull together and get a location up and running, at least folks can see the manifestation of their contributions. The smiles on people's faces that visit and are shown in future videos or people that actually come here and see it for themselves. That, to me, seems worth asking for help on Patreon. I plan on having rewards for Patrons. Either with exclusive content...chances for giveaways...free tee shirts? (if I ever make some) who knows? The account is already open. You can take a look, even if you don't plan on becoming a Patron... www.patreon.com/zoffinger Pelican kayaks have been my biggest supporters for a few years now. Show em some love... http://www.pelicansport.com
Touring Kayaks are often called Sea Kayaks and usually have two or three sealed storage hatches, a hull design that works well in rough conditions, and more detailed outfitting for a personalized fit and enhanced safety. . Touring kayaks are manufactured for a wide variety of paddler sizes. Keep in mind that body shapes vary widely from person to person; there is no substitute for sitting in a kayak at your local Great Outdoor Provision Co to evaluate the comfort factor with a Paddlesports Specialist. Visit a shop near you today! http://locations.greatoutdoorprovision.com/locations
While touring kayaks are great for exploring your local waterways, they can be quite a hassle to carry over long distances. It was with this in mind that Pakayak created the Bluefin 14. It's a modular plastic kayak that comes apart into six pieces. Those components nest within one another, and can then be carried like a backpack – albeit a big, heavy one. The Bluefin 14 collapses down to a length of 3.5 feet – although it still weighs 55 lb When it's time to hit the water again, the Bluefin 14's patented clamping system reportedly allows it to be put together in less than five minutes The Bluefin 14's estimated retail price is US$1,695 Pakayak plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign this June, to raise production funds for the Bluefin 14 Collapsible kayaks in general are, of course, nothing new. Over the years we've seen ones with metal frames and fabric skins, along with models that fold like origami, that can be inflated, and that can be disassembled into a package that fits in the back of a car. The Bluefin 14 is a little different, though, in that it's a hardshell kayak that can actually be carried on the user's back. In its assembled form, the 55-lb (25-kg) kayak is 14 feet (4.3 m) long, featuring sealed front and rear cargo compartments along with a spray skirt-ready cockpit, just like a regular touring kayak. Once it's taken apart and nested, that length shrinks to 3.5 feet (1 m). It can then be placed in an included shoulder strap-equipped pack for transit and storage. When it's time to hit the water again, its patented clamping system reportedly allows it to be put together in less than five minutes. And no, it apparently doesn't leak. Pakayak plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign this June, to raise production funds for the Bluefin 14 – you can sign up for notifications via the company website. The estimated retail price is US$1,695. If you don't want to wait, and have a partner who could carry half of a kayak on their back, you might want to also check out the existing Klepper Backyak. http://newatlas.com/pakayak-bluefin-14-nesting-kayak/43611/
Just having fun... Paula sat in the center seat of a SEDA Triumph while Robert and Druce rolled.
A Muskegon company is shipping about 2,000 kayaks to Texas and Louisiana to be used in the hurricane rescue and relief efforts. (Aug. 28, 2017)
Native Watercraft and Hurricane kayaks introduced new lightweight versions of their popular kayaks at Paddlesports Retailer 2017.