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Black Witch

It must be the season for a load of kit damage as over the last couple of days I have had several emails about repairing gear. Probably the glue I have used the most for the repair of gear has been been McNett Black Witch neoprene glue. The Black Witch glue is perfect for repairing rips, tears and nicks in spraydecks, wetsuits etc. It also works well for filling holes on the inside of non-neoprene gear like drysuits or dry tops.

Black Witch Glue
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Plastic Welding Skills

We love Ninja type plastics welding skills at Unsponsored and this example from Benjamin Ghertner is A1.

Plastic Welding Skills
Plastic Welding Skills

The kayak fell off a raft stack last year and got dragged on the freeway for a bit. I used a plastic soldering iron and a square of plastic from an old kayak to patch it

Benjamin Ghertner
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Liquidlogic Prototype

Thanks to a follower from Instagram we have some shots of a Liquidlogic prototype taken a couple of days ago. Check it out.

Liquidlogic Prototype
Liquidlogic Prototype
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Nookie Hornet 18m Rescue Throwline – First Look

We have a Nookie Hornet 18m Rescue Throwline 8mm (9kN) in for review at Unsponsored. At 18m the Nookie Hornet’s 8mm floating line is the sweet spot length for most applications.

Nookie Hornet 18m Rescue Throwline
Nookie Hornet 18m Rescue Throwline
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Soul Waterman Dancer 3

The Danza or Dancer 3 as it is now known is going into production. Corran Addison gives a run down of what the new boat is designed for and the inspiration behind it.

Here is the hidden story behind the development of my new boat, that until now was cleverly named Danza so no one would guess the connection (did it work?).

Soul Waterman Dancer 3

I’ve been working with the original mastermind behind the Dancer, Perception’s founder Bill Masters, on this. I worked for Perception as a designer from 1987 to 1991. It had been my dream to work for the company that created the boat I loved so much and that I grew up paddling.

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How Dark Is Your Soul?

Soul Waterman are offering a special spring limited edition of the 303, Funky Monkey and F Bomb. They have 5 of each in black up for sale.

How dark is your soul?
How dark is your soul?
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#9RTooGood

Check out this promo reel for the new Pyranha 9R MKII.

You can also find some detailed shots of the new boat here.

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Pyranha 9R MKII Walkthrough

Bren Orton gives a run down of the changes to the Pyranha 9R in this Pyranha 9R MKII walkthrough video.

Pyranha 9R MKII Walkthrough
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Production Pyranha 9R MKII

Unsponsored was able to get a closer look at a prototype of the new Pyranha 9R MKII earlier this year. You can check those images out by clicking here.

Thanks to Nick Jones Photography we have some images of the production Pyranha 9R MKII that was released today. Nick took the images at Go Kayaking North West paddle sports store. Go Kayaking North West have both stock and demos of the new boat available right now.

Production Pyranha 9R MKII
Production Pyranha 9R MKII
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Dagger Vanguard

It looks like Dagger have a prototype kayak that has broken out into the open. This is the Dagger Vanguard. It’s said to be faster than the Phantom but definitely looks shorter than the Green Boat. This means it must be around 10 feet in length.

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Astral YTV PFD

We had an original YTV PFD a few years ago and were really impressed with both the weight and fit of it. Astral have made some changes to the design. At present the YTV is still not approved for watersports use in the UK or EU but is US Coast Guard Approved.

Astral YTV PFD
Astral YTV PFD
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River Elf Storm Rider

There is something very tempting about River Elf boats. I don’t know whether it’s the name, the designs or the fact the boats are composite. May be it is a combination of all of these.

River Elf Storm Rider
River Elf Storm Rider
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