2019 Gear Swap

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2019 Paddler Workshop & Gear Swap

Saturday April 13, 2019 - 9 AM to 2 PM

Celebrate the one-year anniversary of last April's blizzard with our spring gear swap! Same format as in the past - boats and gear to buy and sell, interesting paddle topics/ presentations to listen to and plenty of time to plan this year's outings with your old (and new) paddle buddies.

Have extra gear or too many boats? Need a new (to you) boat, paddling gear or equipment? Bring your spare gear, extra boats and wish list! Standard gear swap format - we'll provide a space and table for the gear you wish to sell - you set the price and make the deal!

Paddling Presentation Topics

Here is our agenda for paddling presentations through the gear swap day:

9:15 AM: Tips, Tricks and Traps to Trip Planning - What to bring along, and what to take care of before you launch so you can have more fun and less trouble! (This presentation is aimed at folks who are new to paddling.)

by Chris Olson, Neenah, WI

10 AM: How to Load and Transport Your Kayak - Learn common sense boat loading and transport tips from the owner of a personal fleet of canoes and kayaks that travel statewide and beyond!

by Bill Merrick, Appleton, WI

11 AM: Kayak Fishing Through Wisconsin's Lakes - Learn all about kayak fishing and rigging your boat for success! See Bonnie's fishing "rig!"

by Bonnie Guokas, Port Washington, WI


NOON: Kayaking Across Lake Michigan...and How to Paddle on the Lake Safely - On a dark September night in 2010, a party of four slipped into their kayaks on a Lake Michigan beach and began their quest to reach the opposite shore. Bill will describe their experience and the challenges in making this daring passage.

Bill Burton, Sheboygan, WI

1 PM: NEWP's 2019 Public Paddle Events - Get the lowdown on this year's public paddle events, upcoming classes, club events and other paddling opportunities in NE Wisconsin. (Be sure to bring your suggestions for future club paddles and events!)

by Jeff Mazanec, Appleton, WI

And learn Practical Knot Tying Skills
throughout the day with Geoff Carman,
Oshkosh, WI!

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For those that cannot participate in our annual swap event, we heartily recommend use of http://www.craigslist.com and http://www.paddling.net/ for boat and gear exchange!

Who is invited? This event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - anybody who wants to attend is welcome!

Where? Community Early Learning Center gymnasium (formerly known as St. Mary's church school) at 313 South State Street, Appleton, WI 54911

When? 9 AM to 2 PM. 8:30 AM setup for sellers. Bleachers, folding tables and chairs available.

Is there a fee? No! Door prize registration for drawings through the day! (Must be present to win)

Is lunch available? TBD

Format Open and casual - bring your boats and gear inside for sale or swap.

Expectations? This is our 8th paddle gear swap to exchange or purchase gear, learn some skills, and meet other paddlers! As an indoor event, we are "weather-proof." 135 participants in 2017, with nearly two dozen boats available for swap or purchase.

Sampling of Boats Offered for Sale

One of the thrills of swap meets is not knowing what to expect until you show up! BUT - sometimes it's nice to know what to expect, so if you are hoping to sell a boat or other paddling equipment let us know, and we will begin a list below.

Native Watercraft Ultimate - 14.5 foot fishing kayak, tandem w/ rudder, blue (Image is stock photo)

P&H Delphin sea kayak, yellow; (Image is stock photo)  asking $1,100.

Dagger G-Force 6.3, asking $180 and a Dagger KingPin 6.2, asking $280. Both hulls good condition; outfitting great and complete. Also 2 full-faced carbon helmets, 4 paddles, ropes.  (Images  shown  are  stock  photos  of  models  listed.)

Mad River Slipper solo canoe  - 14 1/2 feet, 35 lbs., fiberglass w/ ash gunwales and thwarts. Asking $350.



Two Necky 17-foot sea kayaks w/ rudders, yellow rotomold plastic, as shown. Asking $300 each.

Wilderness Systems Pungo 120, 2015 kayak for sale. Excellent condition. Asking $525.

17-foot Current Designs Gulfstream in great condition. Asking $1,500.

18’ Qajaq, wood, stitch and glue construction, great condition. Asking $1,700