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Make the First One the Right One

Posted by 7Villages 26 Feb 2016 No Comments »
Make the First One the Right One

If you are looking for an inexpensive kayak, then these are a couple of them that you have to choose from, both equally as nice. Spend a comfortable day on the water in the Sevylor Clear Creek 2-Person Kayak. The adjustable seats let you find the perfect amount of leg room, while the spray covers help keep you dry from splashed water. The 26-gauge PVC construction lets this kayak stand up to multiple seasons on the lake and is backed up with our Airtight System, which is guaranteed not to leak. Just in case you do hit a snag, the multiple air chambers will help you get back to shore.

Enjoy the feel of a full-size kayak with the convenience of an inflatable boat when you’re riding in a Sevylo Fiji Travel Pack.  The two-person kayak comes equipped with two seats: a fixed seat in the read and a removable seat in the middle.  The semi-rigid I-beam floor and three-champer design keep the boat’s solid shape on the water.  The thick, durable PVC and Airtight System are guaranteed not to leak and the Double Lock Fast Valve makes quick work of inflation and deflation. The boat also comes with a 5-piece touring paddle and special travel bag for compact storage.

The nimble, durable Challenger K1 kayak is made of durable welded material with eye-catching graphics for added safety on the lake or slow-moving river. The streamlined craft slips easily through the water, and its cockpit is designed for comfort and maximized space. Inflatable I-beam floors add stability, and an 84-inch oar and high-output hand pump are also included.

Pelican Apex Kayak Review

The Apex 100 is a very beginner-friendly kayak. Its ultra-stable design makes it easy to maneuver, even for a first time paddler. But don’t get me wrong – it’s not a strictly “beginner” kayak – it will suit the needs of a variety of paddlers, both novice and experienced.

This kayak is perfect for exploring lakes and cruising down slow rivers. It’s definitely not a white water capable craft, but that should be obvious based on its design. We like that its lightweight design makes it easy to transport back and forth. This Pelican Apex weighs just 40 lbs., so it’s a breeze to carry with a friend, and can be carried by one person if need be, although it’s a bit awkward to carry because of its size.

The Apex 100 offers a surprising amount of storage space. It’s easy enough to load a good 20 lbs. of camping gear onto this craft without much of an effect as far as performance goes. The storage capacity and ample space for add-on accessories make this craft a great choice for kayak fishing, as well!

Finding the Sea

Posted by 7Villages 26 Feb 2016 No Comments »
Finding the Sea

The evolution of the inflatable kayak over the last ten years has been dramatic to say the least. No longer considered “water toys”, these boats have evolved into serious paddling machines. From whitewater to sea kayaking, inflatable kayaks have become much better at their intended purpose, rivaling hard shell boats in performance. Some whitewater boats have become serious play boats while others are best suited for running big water on your favorite rivers. Touring inflatables track straighter and faster than ever before. Whichever you choose your inflatable will pack smartly in a carrying case and store in your closet or the trunk of your car — the ultimate in convenience.

The Fire Fly kayak is designed to be a compact recreational inflatable kayak with several unique features that improve the performance and durability. It is the perfect family product for spending time on the water. Whether you are floating rivers or paddling lakes you will appreciate the quality in this stable recreational boat.

Weighing in at 4 pounds, the PackLite™ Kayak is designed to be an extremely compact and lightweight recreational inflatable kayak equipped with several unique features to make it the perfect ultra-light kayak for paddling in the most remote locations.

It has 3 chambers for optimum safety, packs down to 11″ x 11″ x 5″, and features easy to use Twistlok™ and military style valves for easy inflation. When out on the water, the mesh carry bag doubles as an on-deck gear bag for securing smaller items. Paddling a remote alpine lake or stream has never been this easy!

The Play is amazingly lightweight, extremely stable and so quick to set-up so you’ll be on the water in no time. The shorter length of the Play makes it easy to maneuver whether you are exploring coves, or tackling whitewater, while the shape of the hull provides incredible stability and comfort. A fun, fast way to get on the water, the Play is the perfect recreational kayak.

The New Sporty Lagoon 1 kayak is so unique that you will have complete strangers asking questions about it. Its bow and stern have fixed rigid forms that help cut through the waves and keep you on course. It has an inner tube cover for increased rigidity and durability. It has molded rubber-grip handles, bungee deck lacing, padded seat rests, mesh accessory pocket, tracking skew and foam floor. This multi-use boat is for anyone who enjoys the water. From lakes and mild rivers, to bays and estuaries, it is a delight to get on the water quickly without lugging around a heavy cumbersome hard-shell boat.

These are all great choices when it comes to recreational kayaks.

The Basics of Kayak Buying

Posted by 7Villages 26 Feb 2016 No Comments »
The Basics of Kayak Buying

Sunny days and warm, blue water. White sand beaches. Palm trees. Really, it’s hard to think of a good reason not to go paddling in Southwest Florida, even if you have no idea what you’re doing. That’s why we decided to team up with the Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival in Fort Myers and gather an enthusiastic crew of newbies to try out some of the best kayaks beginners can buy, on some of the most beginner-friendly backwaters you can float. A tried-and-true, easy-to-use “rec” (recreational) kayak is the perfect craft in which to begin your paddling career. Shorter, wider and easier to maneuver than full-on touring kayaks, rec boats are generally more comfortable, stable, and affordable than other kayak models. And after cruising around the sun-dappled mangroves of the Gulf for three days, we can assure you, any one of these six fun-oriented rides will help you get off the couch, on the water, and over the learning curve.

Hurricane uses a unique, lightweight and UV-resistant thermoformed material called Trylon (read: fancy, shiny plastic) to create this easy-to-carry and remarkably high-performing solo rec kayak. A rear deck hatch provides a place to stash your lunch, or any gear you’d want to keep dry, and the boat’s multi-chined hull (meaning multiple angles along the hull bottom as apposed to a smooth, round profile) allows you to comfortably practice putting it on edge—a crucial step in learning quicker turns. The Santee also boasts a super-comfy high-back seat and extra large cockpit, ensuring you’ll paddle in both style and comfort, all day.

The Vision 120 SP is a perfect fit for smaller (under 6-feet tall) paddlers looking for a versatile ride that can progress with developing skill sets. Crafted from fiberglass and Kevlar-like fabric, the Vision SP is easy on the eyes and—thanks to its lightweight construction—easy on the back when carrying it to and from the water. The svelte, hollow V-shaped hull is fast and nimble, at the expense of some stability. Watertight bulkheads fore and aft provide semi-dry storage and security in the event of a capsize (key for big, open-water crossings). The Vision’s snug and secure outfitting provides both comfort and control. This is an entry-level kayak that’s also ideal for learning more advanced paddling techniques.

The Rip isn’t the lightest boat you can buy at 50 pounds, but that’s only because it’s got everything you could want in a starter kayak: a high-performance, straight-tracking hull that will help you maximize your strokes and allow your paddling skills to progress, plus a watertight stern bulkhead with a storage hatch to keep your lunch and extra gear dry. The well-padded, easy-to-adjust outfitting will persuade you to sit in it for hours on end, and the price is hard to beat. Besides, you won’t notice any extra weight once the Rip’s on the water and you’re having fun.

Taming the Sailor in You

Posted by 7Villages 26 Feb 2016 No Comments »
Taming the Sailor in You

The sit-on-top kayak, or SOT, is the most popular, widely-known kayak design today. Although some models may resemble traditional sit-in kayaks in terms of hull shape, the two types of kayaks are quite different. With a traditional kayak, the paddler’s legs and lower body are enclosed within the boat’s hull. Often, a spray skirt covers the cockpit opening and wraps around paddler’s waist, creating a seal that keeps water out of the hull. This is common in traditional white water and ocean kayaks. In contrast, the paddler of an SOT sits in a molded depression on top of the hull, with the legs and lower body exposed.

Measuring 13-feet, 10-inches long by 29-inches wide and with a total load limit of 450 pounds, the X-13 Fish and Dive Package Sit-on-Top Kayak is the ultimate cross-performance recreational and fishing kayak. The X-13 offers the storage capacity for camping trips and gear-laden fishing adventures with a perfect combination of speed and stability for fun on the water. Equipped with a large Gator Hatch in the bow with a bungee system and a large, “live well” open rear well–the X-13 can carry lots of gear including a cooler or 5-gallon bait bucket.

Both the front and rear of the kayak are equipped with 2 rod holders each for optimum fishing. The wide cockpit area features a center hatch, comfortable and dry seating, and an adjustable foot track system. In addition, the X-13 is equipped with a cup holder, eyelets, a drain plug with base, nylon hooks, bow and stern handles, and side carry handles/paddle holders. Ready to take you on years of adventures, the X-13 Kayak is backed by a limited lifetime warranty from Malibu Kayaks.

The Lifetime Ten foot Sport Fisher Tandem Kayak is a great choice. Here is why:

  • Designed for single or tandem use; 10-foot fishing kayak
  • (2) 2-piece sport paddles included
  • Fits up to 3 riders
  • Dry storage compartment
  • Ditty trays and shock cord for storing loose items

The Sport Fisher sit-on-top kayak from Lifetime Products is the ultimate fishing kayak! Up to 3 people can ride high and dry in balanced seating. Tunnel hull design provides ultimate stability making it possible to stand up and fish or sit side-saddle without tipping over. Durable, lightweight polyethylene plastic construction makes it easy to transport, easy to use, and easy to store.  The sit-on-top Sport Fisher kayak from Lifetime Products is designed for ultimate stability and convenient functionality. The tunnel hull design makes it possible to fish standing up or sitting side-saddle. Lots of awesome built-in features enhance your fishing experience; such as paddle clips and cradles to secure paddle when not in use, three fishing pole holders, a cup holder, and multiple foot wells for leverage when you’re reeling in that giant catfish.

The Not So Sweet Taste of Sugar

Posted by 7Villages 24 Feb 2016 No Comments »
The Not So Sweet Taste of Sugar

Brown sugar and white sugar may look different, but they are actually more similar than you might think. Both varieties are the product of sugar cane purification. Both go through similar separations processes in refineries. Brown sugar tastes slightly different, as it has a caramel taste and is darker brown in colour.

Refined sugar

Once the sugar cane has been harvested, it goes through several processes. It is ground to extract the juices. The raw crystals that remain and form in the juices are granules called raw sugar. It goes through several filtration and water washes, before it is ready to be called refined sugar and put on the store shelves for consumers to purchase. This sugar contains 96 per cent sucrose and 4 per cent other plant materials. When the product is vacuum-dried, it looks yummy but actually contains little nutritional value.

Molasses

Once the sugar has been refined, filtered and processed, molasses is added to the white sugar in order to change the color. This changes the nutritional value slightly; molasses contains 46 per cent sucrose, 3 per cent protein, and small amounts of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and sulfur. Molasses is used for animal and human consumption.

Which to choose

Brown sugar gives off a bit of a different taste – more caramelized. White sugar is something most people are familiar with and this is what usually goes into coffee cups and lattes each morning. Baking and cooking with brown sugar can produce food that is moister and softer. Foods made with brown sugar will have a darker appearance.

Foods with sugar

There are many foods that contain added sugar and it’s important to read the labels on the packaging very carefully. Too much sugar is not healthy in any form and should be limited in your diet. Too much consumption of sugar can cause major health issues in the long term, such as Diabetes. Here are some foods to watch out for:

  • Pop/Soda
  • Fruit flavored yogurt
  • Cold cereal
  • Pasta sauce
  • Peanut butter
  • Chocolate milk

Read food labels carefully; some foods may not have fat but contain many teaspoons of added sugar (think of candy like Skittles and wine gums). If these calories do not get burned off, they will be converted to fat, resulting in weight gain.

According to the American Heart Association, women should consume no more than six teaspoons of sugar per day; men should consume no more than nine teaspoons. Studies from the association found that on average, Americans consume 22 teaspoons of sugar. In teenagers, that amount can skyrocket to more than 34 teaspoons. Is it any wonder why 1 in 3 people are overweight? Diabetes is a serious condition that affects millions of people across America and sugar is the main culprit.

Grocery stores are full of temptation and companies have gotten creative with their packaging and marketing efforts. Be a smart consumer and don’t put anything in your cart that could ruin your health. You’ll not only feel healthier, you will look healthier too.

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