If it's mid-March, it must be time for Ocean River's Spring Gear Up Sale.
Every year, Ocean River takes over the parking lot across the street from the store and celebrates the unofficial start of the paddling season by separating kayakers from their money. And they do a darn fine job of it, too.
I arrived first, looking about as white as I feel as I'm now into day 10 of this rotten cold that I can't get rid off.
Louise couldn't come -- she had previously booked a hair appointment. You gotta look good in your kayak, right? But Paula and Richard were there...
...and Bernie, too. He's coping a feel on a Current Design Libra XT. This is the boat Bernie and Paula took out -- or at least tried to take out -- on a blustery day a couple of weeks ago.
Over at the Delta Kayaks area, they had their new 16' model on display (That's it on the bottom.)
The hatches on the new 16' are held in place by small twist-locks.
The 16' has two small day hatches as well as two regular hatches and Mark from Delta says they're going to start putting a day hatch into their 18' model. He even said that they could probably retro fit a day hatch into my 18'. I'd be up for that. (And I still want a hat, Mark!)
Ocean River has started carrying Tahe Marine kayaks. These Greenland-style kayaks are made in Estonia and looked really nice. They seem well-built and stylish, and the store reps said they are great.
Miraculously I escaped mostly unscathed, spending only $30 for a couple of drybags.
See you next spring!