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December 2008 Issue 12 Vol 2
In This Issue
:: Happy Holidays & the ACK Buyers Guide
:: ACK Hoodie Sweatshirt
:: ACK Specials Page
:: Austin Store Face Lift
:: What to think about when Purchasing a Boat
:: Ultimate Volt & Pedal Drive System
:: New Products From ACK
Happy Holidays and the ACK Buyer's Guide 
Holiday shopping just got a little easier with the Holiday Buyer's Guide

We are now full swing into the holiday season, and we hope that you successfully survived Thanksgiving.  If you're like me, the last thing I would ever want to do is tangle with the crazed shoppers the day after a magical feast.  All I want to do is sit and stare and think about the sandwich I'm going to create later.

If after a few weeks the tryptophan is still keeping you sleepy and you haven't gotten around to shopping for loved ones, you still have time to get it all done and the ACK Holiday Buyers Guide is here to help.

The entire staff would like to wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and a safe and wonderful holiday season!

Enjoy great savings on ALL accessories and FREE shipping, even on Kayak orders shipped to a commercial address (see below).

Sincerely,
Your Friends at ACK
NEW! ACK Hoodie Sweatshirt
Be the first one on your river to have the new ACK Hoodie!

HoodieLooking for a great gift for someone, or yourself this year the ACK Hoodie sweatshirt is pretty darn cool.

As we head into cooler weather, this sweatshirt is perfect for those cool mornings before you head out onto the water or if you are just kicking around the house and you want to know where ya get your paddles. 
Austin Store Face Lift
The Austin Store gets a much needed face lift to better serve our customers

There sure has been a lot going on at ACK in the last couple of months.  The Austin store got a little jealous of the new Houston location and took on a pretty extensive remodel. 

We have opened up the showroom and moved the giant wooden wall out.  The new  layout is much easier to shop for kayaks and browse merchandise.

Stop by the store, say hello to the guys, and check out the remodel. 
New Products
175 New products in the last 90 days

AustinKayak.com has added over 175 new products in the last 90 days and we will continue this trend into the new year.

Please speak up, speak out.  Tell us what you would like us to see.  Truthfully we cannot carry all of the items that you suggest but we will definitely try. We value your opinions and really appreciate all of you that have contributed to the new product ideas as well as the 1,000's of reviews that have been submitted.  Thanks! 

Check out the New Product section of the site, you may be surprised as to how many of your ideas have turned into part of our huge selection.
ACK Specials Page
Looking for a great deal...visit the Specials Page

If your searching for great deals on a kayak or some accessories make sure you check out the Specials Page.  This page offers huge savings on a variety of outstanding products.  Be sure to visit frequently, as new products are added on a regular basis.
What to Know When Buying a Kayak
Here are some things to consider before buying a kayak

Purchasing a kayak is a big investment.  You want to make sure you pick the right model for your needs.  Before you make your purchase, here are a few questions that you should ask yourself.

  -  Where are you going to paddle?
  -  How do you plan to transport it?
  -  How do you plan on using it?

You first need to decide where you plan on paddling.  If you are planning on spending the majority of your time in streams or rivers, you might want a boat that is a shorter in length which could offer you greater maneuverability.  If you plan on spending your time in open water, you want a longer boat that will track better and glide longer.  A boat that tracks better will have you doing less work in the end.

How you will be transporting your kayak is another factor that will affect your decision.  You want to ensure that your vehicle can safely and properly transport your boat from one body of water to another.  Often times a rack system can alleviate most transportation problems.

Lastly, how you plan to use your boat plays a factor in your purchase.  Do you plan to fish, paddle for exercise or take it on overnight camping trips.  Knowing how you plan to use your kayak will help point you in the right direction and help you decide which kayak best meet your needs. 

For more information on purchasing a boat please feel free to talk with any members of the ACK staff, who will be happy to assist you, or visit the ACK website and give our customer service associates a call.
Ultimate Volt & Pedal Drive System
Two new ways to get around in the Native Ultimate Kayak

We all know what an outstanding boat the Native Watercraft Ultimate is.  From the tunnel hull design that makes this craft so stable, to the first class seats and the generous storage space for gear, this was one of the top paddling boats last year.

But if you are like me, you are always looking for a new way to get around on the water.  Native is now offers two new options for getting around the water quickly, the Ultimate Propel and the the Ultimate Volt, both come in 12 & 14.5 versions.   

The Propel Pedal Drive System is a propulsion system that is extremely easy to use.  This system offers full boat control with forward and reverse capabilities.  It has a 1:10 drive ratio that converts each pedal crank into ten revolutions of the prop.  This will help you go further using less energy. The internal drive unit is completely sealed to protect it from debris, which makes it virtually maintenance free.  The drive uses a pivot system to lower and lift it out of the water easily.  It is secured with a pin once in place, and a flow plate prevents backwash from entering the boat. 

The Volt is a unique electric drive that allows boaters to travel from spot to spot quickly. The Volt can travel approximately 5 MPH and is very easy to handle.  It gives the "paddler" a tight turning radius and reverse capability, making backing up and overall maneuvering easier than ever.

Both systems are made from marine grade anodized aluminum and stainless steel components, and a non-corrosive epoxy finish protect the units, even during salt water use.

The Native Ultimate was a fantastic boat to begin with, but the Volt and Propel systems take it to a whole new level.  Check these boats out today.

Native Kayaks
NeTak Pakw Products From ACK
The Precision Products Yakpak III is the piece of equipment that any angler would love.  The bag is made out of sturdy water resistant ripstop fabric, and includes a tackle box, cooler bag and scale tool belt.  It is easy to carry and the best feature is the stainless grommet drainage holes to let out any water that gets into the bag.  It has a variety of pockets on the outside and even includes two rod and reel tubes. 

X-Tools
Shakesphere X-Tools
The X-Tools Needlenose Pliers, Hybrid X-Pliers and fish Grip N Weigh Digital Scale are tools that are always sitting on the deck of my kayak.  All of these  XTools float so you should never find yourself trying to fish one of the bottom of the river.  These make great gifts so give your loved ones a hint this holiday. 
ACK offers our sincere thanks for taking the time to read our monthly newsletter. We hope you find it valuable and informative. If you have any suggestions or requests to make the newsletters better and more informative, please let us know.
 
Sincerely,
 
Austin Canoe & Kayak
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