The Canoe & Kayak Magazine 2004 Buyer’s Guide is on sale now, with prices and specs on more than 3,000 boats, paddles, and PFDs.

You’ll also find information on how to choose the right canoe or kayak for you, the latest whitewater designs, picking a paddle, fitting a PFD, and what’s new in inflatables.

Elsewhere in the issue, you’ll find stories on padddling both near and far, news for paddlers, the latest gear, and techniques to keep you paddling well.

From the comfort of a mothership, a kayaker paddles near a tidewater glacier in Alaska’s Tracy Arm. By Gary Luhm


Rumble in the Jungle – Whitewater canoeists battle a rain-swollen river in Honduras that washes away their support rafts in the middle of the night. By Larry Rice

Wild Side Easy – Kayaking in the realm of the Alaskan brown bear from a mothership makes the paddling easy and the nights worry-free. By Gary Luhm


Paddling Perfection – For sea kayakers, it just doesn’t get any better than Barkley Sound. By Joel W. Rogers

A Boone for Easy Paddling – Canoeing the Cumberland in Kentucky’s Dan’l Boone Forest. By Beth Geiger


Slalom Nationals – Wausau saves event when a strike threatens in Maryland. By USA Canoe/Kayak

NYC Teens Take to Whitewater – Doctor-turned-kayaker is getting inner-city kids on the water in Manhattan. By Robin Stanton

Sprinting to Athens – Countdown to the Olympics: It’s all about qualifying the boats. By Beth Geiger


Canoe Technique – If you think that canoes are inherently unstable, try these helpful pointers and you’ll soon change your mind. By Steve Salins

Whitewater Technique – Practice the low brace until it becomes second nature and you’ll paddle anywhere with confidence. By Mary DeRiemer

Sea Kayak Technique – You hope it never happens, but if your boat capsizes, these rescue skills could save your life. By John Meyer

Tips from the Field

Weather Watch

Kayak Workshop


New Products

Review: Personal Locator Beacons – When it’s a real emergency and you need help fast, there’s a new way to call for rescue. By Annie Aggens


Contributor Profiles


Take Out

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