Kayak ice breaking on the Rio Grande!
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Previously on Winter paddling adventures in The High Country – Part I :
“Winter Wonderland paddling – kayak photography at Cochiti Lake on the Rio Grande in New Mexico”.
I was determined to make kayaking on the Rio Grande at Cochiti Lake a year round sport with my 14 foot sit on top kayak, the well known classic Necky Dolphin. When you take a look at the bow of the Necky Dolphin kayak, you will notice the blunt bow which was designed that way for surfing.
This feature is also what makes it a good ice breaker kayak!
It’s because it actually rides up on top of the ice and then crushes it underneath it’s own weight. This is exactly the same way that the giant ice breaker ships work too! The machete duct taped to the bow is there just to part the way so the hull can break the ice.
In my case the limit to successful kayak ice breaking
was about 1.5″ inches of ice thickness!
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