Slow Boating

Posted by Spalding Hurst

February 19, 2010

I thought this was a great/funny post from BoaterTalk. Let the slow boating movement begin …

Boating is such a great way to access great areas of wilderness but it seems to me, and maybe this is something endemic to the US or maybe even the SE US, but most times going boating is such a damned rushed experience that it can really leave little time to absorb your surroundings. People rush, rush, rush to get to the put in, to gear up, to get going, to get to the next rapid, to get to the take out, to get drunk at the take out, to do doughnuts in the parking lot, and finally to go home. Let’s see how many laps we can do, let’s race, let’s do this meth and see how many rivers we can get today. While those things can certainly be fun and while sometimes that’s the way it has to be if it’s going to be at all since most have families, jobby jobs, or other obligations, I’m ready to throw the anchor out and encourage a culture of slow boating. Kinda the boating equivalent of the slow food movement to fast food. Time to slow down and really enjoy the nature around you, to have more time on the river than in the car driving to and from the river.

To that end I’m looking for two things: 1)good websites or blogs that describe what sort of equipment/gear is needed/not needed specifically for kayaks as well as advice on how to pack the gear and 2) suggestions for good overnighters in the SE and Mid Atlantic.



And you check out this website for some good info on slow boating.


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