USCG Search

Unmanned Kayaks

For every unmanned kayak reported, the Coast Guard must assume that a person is missing and in distress, and that requires a full-scale search and rescue effort involving Coast Guard personnel, vessels and aircraft.

The Coast Guard estimates a team on the water costs $113,000 per hour.

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Nigel Dennis in the Pulse

NDK Pulse gets your heart rate up

This review was written by Peter Loyen and posted courtesy of NDK/SKUK.

I recently purchased a new member of the SKUK kayak family, the Pulse.

I opted to have a skeg instead of a rudder. This decision was based on the comments from various experienced coaches and kayakers, who have tested it both with skeg and rudder.

I wasn't able to test it myself prior the purchase, so I took a leap of faith.

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Outside Jewell

Always Dress for the Water Temperature

It’s May. Do you know what the water temperature is?

May 1-15 = 47ºF / May 16-31  = 51ºF

Every Spring, warming air entices many people to go out in small boats when the water temperature is still deadly cold. 50ºF water doesn't sound particularly cold or dangerous if you mentally compare it to 50ºF air.

Average sea water temperatures in Portland, Maine:
  • January 34ºF
  • February 33ºF
  • March 37ºF
  • April 1-15 39ºF; April 16-30 41ºF
  • May 1-15 47ºF; May 16-31 51ºF
  • June 56ºF
  • July 61ºF
  • August 62ºF
  • September 59ºF
  • October 52ºF
  • November 47ºF
  • December 39ºF
Relative Water Temperatures

True or False?

If the combined air and water temperatures are below 120 degrees Fahrenheit, a wetsuit is a must and a drysuit is highly recommended.

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