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  Austin Canoe & Kayak - August Newsletter Aug 1, 2006 Issue 3, Vol 1
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Shopping Information
We have added over 126 new products in just the last three months. Over the course of the last year we have added over 200 products to our stores and to our website.
Haven't ordered online yet? We have a fully secured site, both Hacker Safe and protected by Thwart Security Certificate.
We usually ship all in-stock products on the same day if the order is received by 5pm CST. Additionally we are currently in stock on over 98% of our products.
Kayak Maintenance
It's that time of year...time for your kayak's 212 day service. You may be wondering, why 212 days? Well, that is August 1st and it is perfect time to make sure that your kayak and roof-top carrier are taken care of. We service our cars every 15,000 miles but we often neglect our toys. While your kayak doesn't have an engine there are still things to check. We recommend you do/check the following:
    - All screws are tigthened
    - Handles are secure and not rotting
    - Hull is not penetrated or leaking
    - 303 protectent has been applied recently
    - Vehicle roof rack attachments are secure
    - Tie down straps are in good condition

Checking these will make for a happy kayak and a happy kayaker.
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Product Review - Hobie Quest Fisherman

In a prior newsletter we discussed why we do not offer packages. Well, that was a bit not true. Our Hobie Quest Fisherman is a packaged deal, it isn't our package, so we weren't entirely fibbing, it is the only way that Hobie sells their kayaks. This specific one is the Fisherman edition which adds to the package. The general Hobie package is to includes two flush rod holders, seat and paddle. The Fisherman package adds a Scotty rod holder, anchor kit, cooler and kayak cart.

What makes the quest different from most other kayaks is that it comes with all the bells and whistles. It has an 8" hatch in front of the cockpit that utilizes the new Hobie one-hand operation. It also has a forward hatch that is one of the best designed in the industry. Add the two convienence pockets for small items (such as sun screen or small lure box) and you have just about everything you need. If you find that the storage isn't enough you can also add a second 8" hatch in the very back.

The quest paddles very nicely. It tracking is good and the stability is about as good as it gets for a sit-on-top kayak. The turning is easy and the bow design minimizes any bow slap in choppy water.

The quest comes with or without a rudder and the fisherman comes in Sand, Green or Orange. The non-fish comes in Sand, Red, Yellow and Blue.

Thanks for reading and if there is anything you would like to see in upcoming newsletters please let us know.
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