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The first time I tried a Sit-on-top Kayak, it felt tippy. As a canoe paddler myself, it took some getting used to. A different boating experience, but fun all the same. The double-hulled design has it advantages, especially when paddling on wavy water. I tried it out as seen in my Sea Kayak Fishing video, taken in California. If swells pour into the boat, a Sit-on-top self bails through scupper holes in the bottom, essentially keeping you getting too wet.

My drawing is of a Sit-on-top Kayak with pedals. One can propel the kayak forward by the use of his/her feet just like a bicycle! And at the same time, have arms free to do some fishing and catch the Big One!

Spring is here! Hooray :) What are your plans for Spring?

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This is my drawing of a Largemouth Bass. It was a long cold winter, but now it is Spring and he is very hungry.

Please also check out my latest short video where I attend a Fishing Show and share my Top 5 Picks for kayaking and fishing. And let me know what you think. https://youtu.be/MBc4oGDfgU4

suburu_outback_by_al_lau

I’ve been seeing a lot of Subaru Outbacks on the road. They are a very functional outdoor vehicle. Dare I call it a ‘station wagon’ like my dad used for vacation trips?  Anyway, in my drawing of the Subaru, I added some much needed car top decoration.

 

drawing: tandem canoe

January 24, 2013

canoe-tandem-by-al-lau

The Canoe is one of the oldest boat designs that dates back to 8000 BC, found in the Netherlands. The earliest canoes were made out of dugout wood or wood framing, then in the mid-20th century, aluminum became a more durable material to use.  Nowadays, canoes are made of lighter materials such as fiberglass, royalex and kevlar, making them more car-toppable. Canoes are best used in rivers, lakes and calm bays.

My third drawing is the tandem canoe.  It is part of a 3-set recreational boat series.  I created these as a group of postcards, available in my store.

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This is the backside of the postcard.  It’s important to know where the stamp goes, right?

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My cat wanted to partake in the photoshoot.

drawing: sit-on-top kayak

January 17, 2013

kayak-sit-on-top-by-al-lau
Today, my drawing is a Sit-On-Top Kayak. It is inspired by a model made by Wilderness Systems.

The sit-on-top kayak is an alternative to the enclosed kind. The advantage of the sit-on-top is that it is self-bailing. If water gets into the hull, water simply exits through the scupper holes. This is especially useful when kayaking the surf where waves can get over two feet high.

drawing: sit-in kayak

January 16, 2013

kayak-sit-in-by-al-lau

I am getting cabin fever with this rather cold winter.  Anxious for the warmer weather of spring, I am doing a series of outdoor activity-inspired drawings with my Wacom tablet. This one is of a sit-in kayak, labeling all the parts that make it characteristically a sit-in vessel.

More to come.

illustration: kayak

March 23, 2012

With spring finally here, it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors. Walk in the park, bike on rail trails, go birdwatching, or (insert your favorite activty here).

As for myself, I can’t wait to take my boat out on the local lakes and rivers. And thanks to car racks (from brands like Yakima and Thule), it’s so much easier, safer and stylish to carry your kayak or canoe to any body of water, nowadays.

This is my illustration of a Mini Cooper carrying an ocean kayak, a fun contrast between big and small, yet fashionably cool in matching colors.

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