Tuesday, June 23, 2009

SUP Brothers!

So we just couldn't wait to get those SUP boards on the water, and sons Joe and Steve and I headed for Lake Washington on Monday to brave the seasonally chilly June choppy wind and spitting rain. First time for them, second time for me on a SUP and the conditions kept us from really pushing the envelope. Consensus, get a feel for this on flat water. Then move to chop, swell, current, and learn to race these boards. Keep working, it's going to be fun. Here's a few pics, and the link to Picasa where there's another 40+ out there... and note that the smartest thing I did was to use up the camera battery shooting the big fellas, before I got out there to paddle. Old age and trickery...

Step one, Steve checks out the sea state and performs risk assessment...

Step two, get on board...

Yeah baby, that's what I'm talkin' about...

Hey, remounting is a crucial skill in these conditions.

Brother, how you like it so far?

Maybe if I run over you...

Ready to race?

OK all together now...

Look y'all, I'm doin' it!

All good things must end.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Stohlquist demo pfds on sale

Stohly's XTraxt-d rescue vest. Baaaad, dude. My XL is in red, lightly used, $113.75.
Updated 3/17/2010

Time to rotate out the old reliable demo stock of Stohlquist pfds, and get ready to bring in next year's jackets. Here's what we have at the Creek, waiting for loving homes... all are in excellent shape, zero to VERY minimal fading, all with "RCB" marked on the upper back.

These prices are 35% off the MSRP for each of these jackets. WA residents add 9% tax. You can pay me by check or cash; shipping is $8 for the first jacket and $4 each after that. Buy a used demo Eddyline boat, paddle, or any of the Stohlquist outerwear I'm rotating along with your pfd, and you might get a break on the total cost... that's up for discussion.

Click the pfd model name for a link to pics and descriptions on the Stohlquist site. These are the only jackets I have for this season, so if you want a different color or size please go to the Stohlquist site and find your nearest dealer.

Ruby Creek Boathouse LLC

See also the blog pages showing Eddyline Kayaks and Bending Branches Paddles.

Model, size, color, price (this is 35% off MSRP)

M's Getaway L/XL Mango $ 52.00

Nemo Child Yellow $ 32.50

Nemo Infant Blue $ 32.50

Escape Youth Blue $ 32.50 (2 available)

Drifter Youth Mango $ 58.50

Wedge L Mango $ 65.00

Fisherman S/M Moss $ 78.00

Fisherman L/XL Moss $ 78.00

Fisherman L/XL Mango $ 78.00

Kitty S/M Powder Blue $ 65.00

Kitty S/M Sage $ 65.00

Kitty L/XL Powder Blue $ 65.00

Betsea L/XL Sage $ 78.00

X-Traxt XL Red $ 113.75

Escape M/L Yellow $ 39.00

W's TowMotion L/XL Powder Blue $ 97.50

Friday, June 19, 2009

Eddyline Demo Kayak sale

Ruby Creek Boathouse LLC is your independent rep for Eddyline in Washington State. We sell to your local dealers, and when we need to sell our demo fleet we support your dealers by selling to you through them. If you buy one of these boats, you’ll have 9% WA sales tax added and the sale will go through your closest dealer’s till.

Pickup address by appointment:

9117 Molly Lane #107

Anacortes WA 98221

Or contact me at 206-940-6269or paddlazz@comcast.net, if you’d like to meet elsewhere. A delivery fee may apply.

Here’s what I have available now. Prices on 2009 boats are 20-25% off this year’s MSRP for new boats. 2008 and older models are priced 25-30% off. All are in excellent condition and built in Burlington WA from Eddyline’s crazy-durable Carbonlite 2000 thermoformed ABS. Follow the links for details and specs on each model:

2009 Sandpiper, 12 ft, 28" beam, 38 lbs, blue, $949

2009 Journey, 15.5 ft, 24", 49 lbs, yellow, $1,799

2009 Fathom LV, 15.5 ft, 21", 47 lbs, red, $1,999

2008 Nighthawk 17.5, 17.5 ft, 24.5", 60 lbs, red, $1,899 (currently in Portland OR; transport can be arranged)

2007 Falcon S18, 18 ft, 21", 50 lbs, yellow, $1,899

2009 Whisper tandem, 18 ft, 28", 73 lbs, $2,199

We also have an excellent assortment of Stohlquist pfds and outerwear, including dry suits, Swift paddles, AND Bending Branches kayak and canoe paddles, that have been used for one season at demo show events. Please ask for a price list if you're interested.

Bill Walker

Ruby Creek Boathouse LLC


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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Join up with Paddle Kitsap!

Ruby Creek customer and long-time paddlin' purveyor of Poulsbo, John Kuntz at Olympic Outdoor Center, sent this notice out today. OOC and their associated club, Olympic Kayak Club, are putting on Paddle Kitsap for the second year, to promote paddling as a fun activity open to anyone who loves the water, and to publicize the need for public access to and from the water along the beautiful shores of Puget Sound. The 2-day event goes from Port Gamble to Kingston on Day One, and on to Poulsbo on Day Two. It features awesome meals, entertainment, refreshments and lots of new paddlin' friends. Read on...

Paddle Kitsap
Paddlers SAVE on 2009 Paddle Kitsap

What is Paddle Kitsap?
Welcome to Paddle Kitsap. Paddle the waterfront Pearls of North Kitsap communities and help establish the North Kitsap water trail. This spectacular 2 day fully supported paddle will be the highlight of your paddling year. Whether its a kayak, canoe, rowing, or other human powered craft you will enjoy the spectacular natural beauty, challenge of the 35 NM course, and the making of your new paddling friends.
If you have been waiting to sign up for Paddle Kitsap Now is the time to get in on this great paddle!
We have extended the $175 registration fee to the end of June which leaves you just 13 days to sign up. We have also added the youth price so you can take your kids on this memorable adventure.

Regular Price:

Till June 30th: $175

Youth(16+ under) Price: $125

Click here to Sign-Up.

Why Do Paddle Kitsap?1. You will paddling the entire North Kitsap Water Trail, a spectacular paddle.

2. You will be contributing to the establishment of the water trail because a portion of your fee will be donated to the North Kitsap Trails Association.

3. You will get great party gifts like a T-shirt, decal for your boat, laminated course chart you can use again and again, and the paddlers handbook.

4. You will be catered to because we provide breakfast, lunch and dinner both days as well as overnight camping area.

5. You get to listen to great live music and enjoy our beer and wine garden after the paddle both days.

6. Its a social event wrapped around paddling so you will get to make new friends and meet new paddlers.

This paddle is for all skill levels from beginner to expert. With our on-water safety boats (power and kayaks) you can take off the course at any time and be shuttled back to camp if needed.

Don't delay sign up today by registering on-line or by calling Olympic Outdoor Center at 1 (800) 592-5983.

Thank you,

John Kuntz
Director Paddle Kitsap