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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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    Do we need compulsory certification for SUP paddlers?

    True, but in this case my neighbours are Americans who spend half their time in NZ and their other summer in the US. They have no shortage of money!!! It is more the lack of awareness that amazes me, particularly given these folks' backgrounds. Think ICBMs!
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    Video of a rock garden rescue in Maine

    Thanks for sharing. Pretty significant injuries from a fairly benign sea state, demonstrates the power of water against rock. Someone I shared it with has suggested that a scoop rescue could have been an option, should the rescuing boat not been immediately to hand. That would have got the...
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    Do we need compulsory certification for SUP paddlers?

    My neighbour keeps her SUP in my boatshed, and marvels at all the safety gear I carry. When I asked her about her plans to call for help should she fall off and not be able to get back on, she showed me her phone which she carries in a non-waterproof bum bag (fanny pack?). She explained that the...
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    Rate your Ameriican made brands

    I don't use Spectra on my rudder-equipped kayak, I've stuck with stainless steel cable. I have never broken a ss cable yet (touch wood), but I have experienced MANY failures of Spectra cords. These were all on fleet/rental boats, and their failures could (should) be put down to poor servicing...
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    torso rotation

    That'll be the day Sandy! I haven't seen GPs used in any form of racing that doesn't also involve a Tuiliq and a dead seal!
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