contact tow on foredeck

Contact Tows

Safety gear that we bring every time we launch our sea kayaks includes a contact tow.

A contact tow is a short tow line set up to perform a wide variety of functions. It is attached to the deck kayak safety gearlines in front of your cockpit, where it can be easily reached. It should connect quickly and simply with wide gate stainless steel carabiners. Being able to vary the length of the contact tow line allows you to tow different length boats. As with all towing systems, some method of quick release is essential. A contact tow can be used to tow short distances; it can also be used to bring a boat to a swimmer, which is easier than towing a swimmer to their boat.

Aquarius satellite

Aquarius Ocean Circulation

Until now, researchers did not have a full set of data on ocean salinity and how it impacts climate change. This video from NASA explains how Aquarius salinity data, combined with data from other sensors that measure sea level, ocean color, temperature, winds, and rainfall, will give us a much clearer picture of how the ocean works.

lighthouse in exploding surf

One Small Navigation Mistake

This is said to be a transcript of an ACTUAL radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October, 1995. 


Americans: “Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.”