Recent content by JKA

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    aluminum sectional double 1944

    Thanks for this link, pretty sobering reading. Google shows the direct-line distance at about 190km! With the risk of being shot if caught, and potentially a minefield at the landing. The Greatest Generation.
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    Stellar S18R test paddle

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    Stellar S18R test paddle

    And here I am watching The Wire clips on YouTube!
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    aluminum sectional double 1944

    I hope that's destined for a museum! Fascinating piece of history.
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    New (to me) Winter Project

    Thanks for this info. The reason I asked is that I have used Kevlar cloth for this very purpose and it seems to have held up well. I saw the underside of a rally car recently and it had massive skid plates made from Kevlar. Fully 1cm thick and wrapping around vulnerable parts; it was gorgeous...
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    New (to me) Winter Project

    Great job, I'm enjoying following this project. Why are you using S-Glass for abrasion resistance? Would Kevlar be better, but I'm assuming far more expensive?
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    Barracuda kayaks?

    I haven't yet delved into the high foredeck on the Barracudas, but from my limited experience in them I have found them very loose in the cockpit. I was unable to get much contact. To fit big feet in a low-decked kayak, Conrad Edwards, a NZ paddler who has done several trips with Paul Caffyn...
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    Barracuda kayaks?

    Hi Steve, They're one of the most common sea kayaks seen here these days. A major attraction is that they are very light, which makes them attractive to women and smaller paddlers who have trouble loading them on cars. They are also very popular for lower-skilled paddlers competing in the Coast...
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    NDK Explorer - External skeg box repair advice

    Are you SURE it's an NDK Explorer? :wink: It's okay, I'll see myself out!
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    A kayak in my not-too-distant future

    I hear ya! Having explored a reasonable bit of it by car I know how exciting it was sometimes to find a town! As for missing an off ramp on the I-5 Expressway in Seattle, that was traumatic! Not helped by you all driving on the wrong side of the road! ;)
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    A kayak in my not-too-distant future

    FYI, I currently own 11 kayaks, there are another three or four that I've sold. None of them have been bought new, except for a plastic shell I'm currently outfitting. The main reason is because they're going to get used; they're not safe-queens. During that use they will get some wear. Kayaks...
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    Gray's Canyon, continental slope, WA 21–22 Aug 2021

    Alex, I love your honest self-reflection on this event; you will simply be a better paddler in the future. As will the rest of us who have been given the opportunity to learn - vicariously - from your sharing. Using the power of Google Earth I've had a look at your area of adventure and I see...
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    Camera or GoPro?

    As always, what is YOUR situation? Regarding cameras, I liken it to vehicles. A person who uses their vehicle only for transport, and wants to put as little effort as possible into driving and/or maintenance, will probably go for an auto gearbox in a 'standard' car. Or an EV! A rally driver...
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    Gray's Canyon, continental slope, WA 21–22 Aug 2021

    Now that's a trip report different to your usual! Impressive. Rolling instruction in the diary? How's the pistol? ;)
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    Electric bilge pump users?

    I envisage a scenario: "Okay, so your kayak has exploded and is on fire and sinking! Manage the resulting mess. Oh, and you have no legs!" :oops: ;)
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