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Welcome to the Yackman.com website, a site devoted to all things related to the outdoors, water and sea kayaking.  I hope you enjoy what you find here.  Please feel free to contribute through the comments section on each page.  

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Barnstable, Cape Cod 2011

Bruce Romanchak and Alan Lovgren, Barnstable, MA, 2011

Featured on this Site:

  • Trip Reports:
    • The original idea for this site was to provide a place for me and others to post information about our sea kayaking adventures.  That’s where Yackman.com started and as you can see, this section still holds the greatest number of posts.  Go to Trip Reports to see reports from 2012 to the present.  Go to YackmanArchive.com to see earlier reports.
  • Guest Reports:
    • This section contains reports of kayaking and other adventures contributed by readers of this blog.  Many of you have taken interesting day and multi-day paddling trips.  You may have had interesting or even harrowing experiences while paddling (or on some other outdoor adventure).  What you have seen and done may be of interest to other paddlers.  Read about what others have done and seen.  Contribute an adventure of your own at Guest Reports. (Additional Guest Reports can be found at www.YackmanArchive.com)
  • Building Pinguino:
    • The Building Pinguino site contains a record of the process I went through in building the Pygmy Boats stitch-n’-glue kayak called Pinguino.

Daughter Liz paddling Pinguino on the Indian River Lagoon

  • How To’s:
    • How To’s and Gear Reviews were once one category.  I have now split them into distinct categories.  How To’s will cover topics from boat repair and boat building, to making kayaking gear and developing paddling skills.  
  • Gear Reviews:
    • Gear Reviews contains reviews of paddling gear and opinions on various paddling topics.  Many different products have been reviewed on this site by Yackman and others.  Pre-2012 reviews are located at www.YackmanArchive.com (see Yackman Sounds Off).  
  • Adventure Book Reviews:
    • Unique to this website!  Reviews of books that loosely fall under the label “Adventure”.  Guest reviewers contributions and comments are welcome.  Additional reviews can be found on YackmanArchive,com.
  • YackmanArchive.Com
    • Yackman.com (the site you are on) contains reports uploaded starting in 2012.  Extensive trip reports for the years 2007-2011 from New York, New England, Florida, Colorado, Washington, Mexico and Costa Rica can be found at YackmanArchive.com.


Use the menu bar at the top of the page to navigate to these resources or click on the link within each description.


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Don, Bruce, Kaare & Tom at Pavilion Key, Everglades NP, 2014


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  • My YouTube Channel
    •  At last count I had almost one hundred videos posted on YouTube, with 101 subscribers and 92,342 views.  Most of the videos can be found embedded in this website (Yackman.com).  Click here to go to Don Yackel’s YouTube Channel


  • My Gear and Book Reviews on Amazon.com
    • Many of the gear and book reviews seen on this website are also posted on the web, largely at Amazon.  To find them, search under D. Yackel Reviews on Amazon.com












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