Homegrown boat swap binds community
by Emma Renly
The Times-Independent
May 10, 2018 | 452 views | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The third annual Boat and Boating Gear Swap, put on by Solgear and Eddyline Weldings, helped raise money for Grand Country Search and Rescue and Colorado Plateau River Guides.                       Photo by Emma Renly
The third annual Boat and Boating Gear Swap, put on by Solgear and Eddyline Weldings, helped raise money for Grand Country Search and Rescue and Colorado Plateau River Guides. Photo by Emma Renly
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The Colorado River has long fostered a passionate boating community in Moab for both industry professionals and recreational users. Last weekend, a couple of local manufacturers came together to put on the third annual Boat and Boating Gear Swap.

The homegrown event featured used and new gear from local companies such as Red River, Outward Bound and Canyonlands Field Institute, as well the event hosts, Solgear and Eddyline Weldings. Nearly every sort of gear could be found for sale including paddles, dry bags, life jackets and more. Plenty of water transportation vessels were also up for grabs such as kayaks, duckies, rafts, dorys and canoes.

The vendors donated a portion of their sales to Grand County Search and Rescue and Colorado Plateau River Guides, a newly reformed organization dedicated to equipping local river guides with important resources and knowledge. Members of both organizations expressed their gratitude to the event.

“We’re here to thank Eddyline and Solgear for supporting what we do, as well as the local community,” said Craig Sanchez, emergency management director of Grand County. “We want to encourage members of the community to come out and learn more about our organizations as well.”

The gear swap ended in a great success, with smiles from both sellers and buyers as they left the event. The river flow may be low, but the enthusiasm for boating in the Moab community is still high.

For more information about the organizations, visit their websites at gcsar.net and riverguides.org.


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