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    Camera or GoPro?

    Interesting topic! There are a ton of options here. Creating a kit for photos/video/audio is a huge arena. Creating a compact dry camera kit for say sea kayaking adventures is a specific challenge. Very doable if you have a specific goal in mind plus how important the end project is to you...
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    Gray's Canyon, continental slope, WA 21–22 Aug 2021

    Wow! This story has almost too many details to comprehend. I am reading Deep Trouble by George Gronseth who owns the Kayak Academy. Take your suit to him (he will determine if the suit is too old or repairable) in Issaquah and tell him your story. He is an encylopedia of kayaking survival stories…
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    Sucia Island, San Juan Islands, WA 24–25 July 2021

    Deep Zoom is a great resource for these waters. The moveable timeline feature is gold. There are differences with crossing channels and hugging the coast though. You might expect a current speed from Deep Zoom but the depth of the water and proximity to the shoreline creates an ever changing...
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    Sucia Island, San Juan Islands, WA 24–25 July 2021

    Fun report as always Alex. I have not been to Sucia yet but hope to soon…
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    Slack tide length

    Great thread! I bought tide books but mostly rely on DeepZoom for tide and current conditions at various times of the day. I also use the Windy winds app for local conditions for the San Juan’s…
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    If you could have one of these three?

    I get to see a ton of kayakers paddling around Orcas Island. The San Juan Islands offer some of the best paddling outings in the country. The water is super cold year round though. We also get huge tide swings and strong currents. It is interesting to see the different boats and gear folks are...
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    If you could have one of these three?

    A dry suit will never look fashionable. When you come down to it a well equipped kayaker looks pretty silly. But many water related deaths could have been avoided by a little inconvenience, discomfort and expense. Similar to leathers and a helmet for motorcyclists. Experienced kayakers will...
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    If you could have one of these three?

    This guy has great videos…
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    If you could have one of these three?

    If you plan on paddling alone in water that gets colder I would invest in a dry suit as soon as you can. The first time I practiced getting back in my boat while wearing a dry suit I noticed a couple of important things the suit offers: you have a lot of extra boyancy. This secure “I am in no...
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    If you could have one of these three?

    It is a good idea to know the water temperature you are paddling in. There are a lot of videos on YouTube that show bracing, etc. I am still learning. I have a high center of gravity being 230 and 6’4”. I found my Romany to be very tippy at first. The only thing that really cures it is time in...
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    Looking to swap Kokatat Meridian L for XL or XXL?

    Hi All, A couple of years ago I purchased a mint NDK boat with a ton of extras which included a really nice condition yellow Kokatat Meradian suit, men’s Large. I later purchased a second boat and a used Kokatat XXL suit from Leon at Boat Body Blade. I am an athelitc 6’4”. The L suit does not...
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    Sterling Grand Illusion vs. Tiderace Xceed-X

    There is another Sterling Grand Ilusion for sale in Kitsap county. Been on and off Craigslits for some time now. $3800...
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    Seattle kayaker looking for people who want to do 1-2 night trips around the islands

    Hi Kristin, I hope your thread here gets some traction and connections. If you don’t establish connections and were hoping to enjoy some San Juan Islands adventure time before November I think you can do this as a solo paddler so long as you take precautions. The only island I have paddled is...
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    Smaller paddler needs advice for making big kayak decisions

    Good report! There is no substitute for seat time out in the water. For leaky hatches: could be the bulkhead or the rubber hatch cover. You could fill the hatch with water, place the cover on and flip the boat upsidedown. You might see water coming out the side of the cover. If you have front...
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