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  1. drahcir

    Barracuda kayaks?

    If the boat you pictured were relatively unstable, you could call it "Humpty Dumpty".
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    aluminum sectional double 1944

    Interesting history, but difficult to get onto my car top.
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    Barracuda kayaks?

    That is the first thing I look at. My feet are size 9+, but once I put on a dry suit and big-enough water shoes, my fit choices become strained. Further, I want the ability to take my feet off the foot pegs and stretch out my legs. Those kayaks, with deck pods just in front of the cockpit, only...
  4. drahcir

    The wondrous hull

    Some of the Mariners had sliding seats so you could adjust trim on the fly. Could one compensate for lee cocking when/if that occurred?
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    The wondrous hull

    Note that he Elan I mentioned had two watertight hatches, as reconfigured by John Abercrombie. He has done so with a number of Mariners.
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    The wondrous hull

    On a recent outing off Nanaimo, I forgot to check my skeg after lunch before setting out again. The skeg was fouled by sand. With the wind coming from the port quarter, I found I couldn’t deploy the skeg and had to paddle asymmetrically to stay on course. I quickly caught up with a friend who...
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    Look Familiar?

    Yes ... vaccination proof and proof of a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours. And you need the 'arriveCAN' app to be filled out on your cell phone, also within 72 hours. Coming back to the USA, we got to the Peace Arch crossing early enough that only one gate was active. There was only one...
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    Look Familiar?

    Yes, this was the Elan you modified. The photo was taken Wednesday September 1, 2021 where we stopped at Nanaimo's Protection Island's Community Dock. I am jealous of the Elan's owner, but my feet are too big to fit ... maybe other parts of me also. This was our first trip to Canada since...
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    Look Familiar?

    John Abercrombie, does that third kayak in look familiar?
  10. drahcir

    Nearly New Aleutian Paddle

    I infer that using the flat face did not cause flutter. I suppose one could also try the flat face and cant the blade like a GP to cure any flutter, if it was a problem.
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    Nearly New Aleutian Paddle

    I like your method compared to mine. My measurement precision was, at best, vague.
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    Lady Rose Marine Service - last sailing August 31

    Sechart Lodge has new owners this season and has become Broken Islands Lodge. Transport to the lodge lost service via the Frances Barkley this season. The pickup for lodgers has become Secret Beach via the lodge's water taxi. Even after the border opening, the Toquaht were not yet allowing non...
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    Video of a rock garden rescue in Maine

    As I watched I tried to think through how I would have reacted. I was most impressed by their calm handling of the situation. This was very valuable, thank you.
  14. drahcir

    Do we need compulsory certification for SUP paddlers?

    You are assuming the paddler knows which way he is going.
  15. drahcir

    Rate your Ameriican made brands

    I guess we can add Delsyk Design, where Mike Neckar ended up.
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    Rate your Ameriican made brands

    When first kayaking I didn't know this (should have), but the surf swiftly teaches that.
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    Rate your Ameriican made brands

    That's interesting! I was first taught that dragging any kayak onto the beach is forbidden as in "Would you drag your naked butt onto the beach". This instructor also taught us how to tie down kayaks for vehicle transport, even how to spare our backs when lifting kayaks, etc. Like you, I...
  18. drahcir

    Nearly New Aleutian Paddle

    Which blade face did you settle on for the power face on the Aleut? Most opinions out there say, "use the ribbed side" as the power face, presumably reducing flutter. Yet the few extant photos of the Aleuts show them using the flat face. Unlike the GP, no surviving Aleuts taught us which they used.
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    Nearly New Aleutian Paddle

    The weight results with my measuring devices are not persuasive, but here we go: 1. Kitchen scale - only goes up to 16 ounces (not willing to saw the Aleut in half) 2. Bathroom scale - not meant for items this light; by themselves they wouldn't even register. Nevertheless, I plunged ahead: my...
  20. drahcir

    Nearly New Aleutian Paddle

    I'll weigh in on that tomorrow, using my wife's kitchen scale. I'm not sure how accurate that will be for absolute value, so I'll also weigh my full carbon 220 Shuna for comparison ... maybe also my just arrived full carbon 225 Nimbus Quill.
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