An Horizon Filled With Adventure [35]

A Book Review

By David Cregan

Complete Sea Kayak Touring, Jonathon Hanson, Ragged Mountain Press. $41.95. Available from Go There! Do That! Outdoor Books, (02) 6230 4859.

Complete Sea Kayak Touring by Jonathon Hanson joins the other great books on the sport by Dowd, Hutchinson, Forster, and Washburn. as an important additon to the home library.

Irrespective of how long you have been kayaking, the book is designed to raise your sea kayaking skills to a new level. It provides the new paddler with the perfect introduction to the joys of touring and discovering the pleasures of that bay just around the next headland. For the more experienced, it provides a primer for planning that trip to more remote or demanding areas.

Author Hanson has been exploring the North American coastline for many years from Baja to the Artic. For some time he operated a sea kayak touring company on Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. His writings have appeared regularly in Sea Kayaker and Outside magazines.

Complete Sea Kayak Touring offers a well-structured approach in its 218 pages covering Boats and Gear; Paddling Techniques; Seamanship; Navigating and Piloting; Travelling wit a Kayak; and, Camping and Maintenance. Each section is covered in some detail and provides comment, hints, and some very sound advice based on the author’s experience.

The photos are helpful, the illustrations good and informative. The book is oriented throughout towards the touring paddler interested in making safe, comfortable overnight trips. Complete Sea Kayak Touring is the book for paddlers of all levels; it will expand your horizons.

The book has recently been released in America and is available on direct import or through Go There! Do That! Outdoor Books. Mc Graw Hill will release it in Australia in the next six weeks.