Chattanooga Now The new wave of paddling

Chattanooga Now The new wave of paddling

August 1st, 2017 by Shane Foley in Get Out - Departments

The canoe has been around for millennia, and ever since the first animal skin was stretched over a wooden frame, people have tried to improve on it — thus leading to some seriously cool projects in the world of paddling. Here are a few things to put on your wish list.

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Crystal Explorer: Ever wondered what was going on under the surface during your paddling trips? The Crystal Explorer has you covered. The polymer hull of this kayak-canoe hybrid is corrosion resistant and completely transparent. Offering a view of the fish and other life below you, the Crystal Explorer will provide a paddling trip the likes of which you've never seen. $1,499.99

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Solo Skiff: It is a kayak, a stand-up paddleboard and a motorized boat all at once. And it might be the perfect craft for an avid kayak-fisherman — sturdy enough that you have room to move (unlike many fishing kayaks), but quiet and unassuming enough to not spook the fish (unlike many fishing boats). The onboard motor is sold separate, but the freedom to stand up and paddle out to your spot on the lake means you might not even need it. $1,850

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Hammocraft: Hammocks and watercraft? Lunacy, some might say, but the Hammocraft promises the ultimate in paddling comfort. The Hammocraft secures together two stand-up paddleboards or sit-on-top kayaks with a lightweight frame that can suspend up to five hammocks between the metal poles, meaning the whole family can relax on the water — or paddle, your choice. You can purchase just the frame, all the way up to a kit that even includes the watercraft of your choice. $895 to $2,795

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Bonus! 360fly 4K Camera: The 360fly will shoot 360-degree video, as its name implies, as well as standard video all in crystal clear 4K resolution. Shock- and water-resistant, the camera can be stuck to the shaft of your paddle and set to film your adventures from an all new point of view. The related smartphone app enables you to edit and post videos on the fly, letting you showcase your trip as it happens. $499