2019 Gear Swap

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2019 Paddler Workshop and Gear Swap

Saturday April 13, 2019 - 9 AM to 2 PM

We are going to celebrate the one-year anniversary of last April's blizzard with our spring gear swap! We are thrilled to return this spring to the Community Early Learning Center gymnasium in downtown Appleton. 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

We are planning a handful of topic presentations through the gear swap day. Check back for an updated schedule:

9:15 AM - ___

10 AM

How to Load and Transport Your Kayak

by Bill Merrick

Appleton, WI


11 AM

Kayak Fishing Through Wisconsin's Lakes

by Bonnie Guokas

Port Washington, WI



Four Paddlers Cross Lake Michigan

by Bill Burton

Sheboygan, WI


1 PM

NEWP's Public Paddle Events

by David Horst, Dale, WI and

Jeff Mazanec, Appleton, WI


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

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.

  • Betsy Bay Sea Kayak- Valkyrie 17’ Inuit design in good condition. Wood/epoxy/fiberglass composite. 20.5” wide, 30-33 lb. Asking $950.
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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? Open to the public from 9 AM to 2 PM. Setup available at 8:30 AM for sellers. Bleachers, folding tables and chairs are available for use.

Is there a fee? No! Registration is requested for a participation count and in exchange for door prize tickets for drawings through the day! (Must be present to win)

Is lunch available? TBD

Format Open and casual - Participants are welcome to bring their boats to the facility for sale, and gear to sell or swap.

Expectations? 2019 will be our 8th paddle gear swap. Expect an opportunity to exchange or purchase new or used gear, learn some skills, and meet other paddlers! As an indoor event, we are weather-proof (well, other than in the event of a massive blizzard as in 2018!). 135 people participated in our 2017 swap, with nearly two dozen boats available for swap or purchase.

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