Canoeist, camper, teacher, author, and video personality Kevin Callan, also known as The Happy Camper, just took delivery of his Nova Craft Prospector canoe with some really special custom artwork – something Nova Craft is developing a reputation for. He also just installed his new custom made North Water Spray Deck - but, much like the man himself, Kevin's deck is anything but standard.
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We added, at his request:
-Portage Cargo Hatch,
-3rd cockpit for solo paddling
-Deck Top Anchoring strips
-Map Case Anchors
-Custom deck top contact points for attaching Solar Panels
-Custom cockpits so he can paddle with his dog at his feet and his daughter behind his wife.
-Zippered Cockpit Covers (Kevin is going to be experimenting with car-topping his boat to experiment with fuel efficiency.)
So what does Kevin think of his new North Water outfitting? Kevin tells us (via Facebook), "Test paddled my decked canoe on the weekend. What a great set up. The third seat for my daughter in the middle was a perfect fit - for the dog too.".
For more information about our spray decks and other custom or standard North Water outfitting equipment, visit our website. And don't forget to stop by The Happy Camper* website and blog as well. There is always something entertaining and informative happening with The Happy Camper!
*As stated on his website: "Kevin Callan is the author of thirteen books, including the best selling “The Happy Camper”, the incredibly popular series of paddling guides, and most reviewed “Wilderness Pleasures: A Practical Guide to Camping Bliss”. On a regular basis, he presents across North America and has been a key speaker at all the major canoe events for over 25 years. Callan is also a frequent guest on radio and television, and field editor for Explore. His writing and photography appears in Canadian Geographic and Ontario Nature and he writes a regular column for Canoeroots Magazine. Callan has hosted several pilots and assisted with BBC, Ray Mears, and the Discovery Channel in film projects. He is also a frequent host on a number of morning shows (Canada AM, Breakfast TV, Ottawa A, Ottawa Roger’s Daytime) and hosts his own CBC Radio show coast to coast titled “The Happy Camper”. He is a winner of four National Magazine Awards and three film awards. He was also made Patron Paddler for Paddle Canada. Check out his regular blog on the Explore Magazine website"